Tuscawilla Preserve includes a prairie and adjacent uplands, including small creeks and mesic forests. Lake Tuscawilla contains open water during periods of high to moderate water levels, and can be almost completely dry during prolonged droughts. This hydrologic variation is the limiting factor for much of the vegetation, and defines the extent of the forest rim. The hardwood hammocks that surround the prairie are dominated by Live Oak, Southern Magnolia, Hickories, and Cabbage Palms.
The wetlands consist of many small pools which favor wading birds, such as herons, egrets, ibises, and storks. Sandhill Cranes visit the site every fall, and several reside there on a full time basis. Raptors also use the area, as they nest and perch in the surrounding forest and forage across the open savanna. Reptiles and amphibians are common.
Parking is available at the Micanopy Native American Heritage Park directly north from Tuscawilla Preserve.
406 SE Tuscawilla Road, Micanopy, FL, 32667