The State and the Counties of Florida have done a fairly good job of preserving small patches of wilderness in a series of parks located all over the state. Most of these serve as local picnic areas, and have playing fields near them, but their most important features are trails which wind through the woods and along streams so that people can see the land as it once was and catch glimpses of the wildlife that is still fairly abundant.
There is a park on the outskirts of Ft. Meade is bordered by the Peace River which flows from central Florida southward to the bay at Punta Gorda. This is a region of the state not many tourists see. There are no great attractions, and Polk and Hardee Counties in which most of the Peace River lies have the lowest income levels in the state. Consequently they remain similar to what all of Florida, except for coastal resorts, was fifty years ago. It's pleasant to walk along the banks of the Peace River and watch the numerous fish lolling in the pale brown water.
It gives a sense of sleepiness, which used to be the Florida motif -- before Disney World came, and Sea World, and every other kind of world that has turned much of central Florida into a site fit for description by Danté. I hope these little outlying districts will be able, somehow, to maintain themselves as the greed for tourist dollars washes all the rest of old Florida away.