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Sabal Bluff Nature Preserve has plenty of variety

Sabal Bluff Nature Preserve is located about a tenth of a mile north of U.S. Highway 441 off County Road 44 and east of the old Lee homestead across Lake Griffin.

Before the Lake County Water Authority took ownership of the property, the land was used to grow citrus and slash pine, according to the park brochure. Changes in the land allowed the site to be invaded by exotic and aggressive or invasive species of plants such as lantana, asparagus ferns, and paper mulberry trees.

Like the Bourlay Park, Sabal Bluff has little loop trails that allows the hiker different routes and slightly different scenery so repeated hikes won't grow boring.

There is a grass parking area at the trailhead of the .41-mile Bourlay Trail which ends at the Bourlay monument on Lake Griffin. It's a nice way to begin your hike as the trail is shaded by a canopy of cedar, oak and slash pine. The trail winds through the slash pine that was planted in the area.

If you notice scorching on some of the pine tree trunks, don't worry. LCWA staff has instituted a prescribed burn program that helps control the aggressive lantana through natural methods. It also protects against wildfires.