Posted by Mark Washburn on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 5:00:47 PM By Mark Washburn / November 20, 2017 Comment
Quickly gaining in appeal for its environmentally friendly home designs and community attributes, there’s much more to explore at Babcock Ranch than what’s currently under construction. The site of the nation’s first solar powered town is also home to dozens of hiking trails, offering up the unique opportunity to view area wildlife and experience the true natural beauty of the area. The property contains miles of trails heading through cypress swamps, open prairie and ranchland. Cattle still roam across some of the thousands of acres that make up the land. It’s with the land in mind that much of the neighborhood was envisioned, giving new residents access to some of the interconnected trails. The nearby nature preserve allows for cypress swamps and pine flatwoods, dry prairies and pasture. There’s even a parking lot for trail visitors and an observation deck in the town center of the community. There’s also a restaurant named Trail’s End, for drinks and food at the end of your journey. It is the nature trails, however, that are the main attraction, for some. From cattle to turtles, wild turkeys to cranes and osprey, you’ll likely see many variations in wildlife along the way. Choose from a 90-minute swamp buggy eco tour or head out on your own for a no cost walking tour, for there’s plenty to explore when it comes to the natural beauty of Babcock. Beginning hikers may want to hop on the 1.5-mile long EcoTour Trail. You’ll find nearby parking and the easy trail leads through pine flatwoods. In comparison, more experienced hikers may want to try for the Footprints Trail. The more diverse hike takes people along more than five miles of pathways. No matter how you choose to explore, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with nature when you experience the natural beauty of exploring the many variations of Babcock Ranch.
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