At a canal/levee where you can hike I stopped and abruptly heard a splash into the water.You guessed it soon the beady eyes of an alligator surfaced.
I'm a native Floridian transplanted to New Jersey a long time ago. I'm interested in doing some hiking/biking/camping in Florida. In NJ I hike, bike, canoe, and kayak in an area known as the Pine Barrens. It's a large pine and cedar forest. In fact it's the largest undeveloped area along the east coast from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Many compare it to areas of Canada. It's a very nice area to get away from all the sprawl and it's hard to believe a place like this could exist so close to mass civilization. Yet it does.
In the pine barrens humans are the top of the food chain. If something is rustling in the bushes the biggest thing it could be is a deer. If something slithers by it's most likely a non poisonous snake as the rattle snakes in the area are far and few between and stick to their habitat. In the water the biggest thing you will encounter is a beaver. In other words, it's a very safe place to camp, hike, bike and swim. Unlike Florida where the local wildlife can be hazardous to your health. My question to you is this, how do you protect yourself while stealth camping?