The Tibet-Butler Preserve located on SR 535 is a little known oasis in SW Orlando. I’ve been driving by for years and never stepped foot in the place. For some reason, I was compelled to check it out one day and I must say it’s pretty neat.
The nature trails are wonderful especially this time of the year when the weather is just right. The Vera Carter Environmental Center welcomes you to the property with some compelling displays about the native wildlife in the area and gets you amped to see some swallowed tail kites, red tailed hawks, ospreys, or some bald eagles that are supposed to be in the preserve in great numbers. I was excited about the idea of photographing some of these birds but only saw some blue jays and cardinals by the bird feeders. Maybe next time.
The preserve covers 440 acres and 4 miles of trails of which the Osprey Outlook Trail is the best. The long boardwalk over the swampy and marshy areas and the gazebo overlooking Lake Tibet-Butler makes it the best choice if you don’t feel like walking the entire 4 miles.
They also offer classes focused on the plants and animals that make up the ecosystem in the area. You simply need to call 407-876-6696 to preregister. Class schedules can be viewed HERE.
The Tibet-Butler Preserve is the perfect place and really the only place in SW Orlando to take a stroll through the woods. It’s a great way to relax and best of all, it’s free.