Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ochlockonee State Park, Florida Panhandle

Ochlockonee State Park, along the eastern portion of Florida's Forgotten Coast, offers plenty of hiking and wildlife viewing. The campground is located on the shores of the Ochlockonee River. Easily sighted here are white squirrels and the endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. The squirrels are Eastern Grey Squirrels but are "Leucistic", meaning that they are NOT Albinos but lack all color in their skin, and fur. The federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker is endemic to the southeastern United States, and Florida is its stronghold. Trails are well maintained along the river and through the pine forest. There is a small pond along the forest trail that is usually occupied by waterbirds and the various critters they eat, along with the various critters that want to eat them. Depending on when you arrive, it is always dinner time for some critter.   Camping December 2012 was $18.00 per night. Clean, hot showers. Electric was a little suspect. We had a couple power drops. Be careful to check voltage or use surge guard.

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