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“Florida at its best”

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Owner description: Established as a migratory bird refuge, much of this wildlife refuge is marsh or swamp and is accessible only by boat. In addition to the birds – there are about 215 species detectable – the swamp area holds many kinds of fish and even alligators.
Deland, Florida
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Florida at its best”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife a Refuge is free and a perfect place to hike and see lots of birds, some gators and an occasional animal. We love taking visitors there and seeing their excitement as we come upon bald eagles or even coots. Perfect place for photography and fishing. Stay as long as you like and maybe continue on over to DeLeon Springs Sugar Mill for pancakes.

Visited April 2014
3 Thank Maureen R
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Orlando, Florida
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230 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Great place to see birds and Florida at its best!”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

We really enjoyed hiking around Pool 1. The path is hard packed and accessible. We did see two people using electric scooters on the path. Our goal was to see wildlife and we did! We saw lots of birds (eagles, anhingas, moorhens, coots, vultures, egrets, herons, sandhill cranes..including one sitting on a nest). We also saw a bobcat and a large alligator. :) The observation deck was nice and gave you a great view of the area. Lots of benches along the path. I'd rate the hike as easy...flat, level, hard packed ground. Saw lots of people fishing...didn't know until after we arrived that fishing was permitted. It was really a neat place to enjoy wild Florida and bonus....it's FREE! The visitor's center was okay (but if you don't know how wetlands work or about alligators, you may find it more interesting). Staff was very friendly. There are two parking areas with hiking trails. We chose to park in the lot near the pools and hike. FYI...there is a handicap accessible path near parking lot 2, but honestly I think most electric scooters/wheelchairs would be fine on the regular paths unless there has been a lot of recent rain. We will be back!

Visited March 2014
3 Thank proudteacher5
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256 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Great Place for a hike !”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

There are three looping trails in the main refuge area, ranging from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 miles in length. It's a fairly easy trail to walk on, almost like a dirt road. Depending on the time of year, you will see many different birds and animals. This past trip we saw a family of 5 otters running and playing on the trail, just picture a pile of puppies playing ! Alligators, turtles, sandhill cranes, egrets, herons are some of the things you will see. At the first parking area, there is an eagles nest not far from the lot and if your lucky, you might even see a baby or two at the nest. If you've never been her before, stop at the visitors center and the people there will tell you all about the place.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank BuffaloGryde
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Central FL
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice hidden gem”
Reviewed 27 March 2013

It doesn't appear many people know about this place. I'm not a big bird person but I enjoy the area. It's nature at her best. Beautiful area to walk. You get to see alligators, turtles, and plenty of bird species. The fact that it's free and open to the public is a bonus.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Val T
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DeLand, Florida
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57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“birders paradise”
Reviewed 30 May 2012

A beautiful place to walk and see alot of wildlife. Lots of water birds a birder's paradise, go in the iwnter, the bugs are bad in summer

1 Thank ragtimebird
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