The Oyler Overlook is one of my favorite spots at the Orlando Wetlands Park (OWP). OWP is located in Christmas, Florida off of Wheeler Road. For more information on the park you can see my other blog post at https://lilsusieq.com/orlando-wetlands-park/ or the Orlando Wetlands website at http://www.cityoforlando.net/wetlands/.
Oyler Overlook is about a 30 to 45 minute walk or longer from the parking lot. The time really varies depending on how much you stop to enjoy the view and watch the wildlife. You can also bike at the park which is a great way to see even more of the park.
Sometimes there are volunteers provide tours and you can ride the free tram. That is what we did on this particular visit. The tour guide told me the spikes on the Oyler Overlook sign are there to discourage birds from sitting on the sign. He said they didn’t want the birds pooping on the sign but it doesn’t always work. The hill actually changes size by small but an measurable amount. The guide told me the hill is made from the dirt dug to make the ponds. When it rains the hill will swell and will increase by inches.
As you can see from these pictures, the view of the OWP from hill is really breathtaking.
In the pond across from the hill, the Cypress Swamp, there is a Osprey nest. You can just make out the Osprey sitting in it. A beautiful pair of sandhill cranes were having lunch on the hill as well.
And remember: Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints!