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“Nice wolf preserve but the tour isn't worth it”

Lakota Wolf Preserve
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Our family loves wolves so this seemed like a great day trip idea. It was an easy drive there. The hike to the preserve is beautiful, the campgrounds that the preserve is on is very pretty. There is a nice trail and a pretty lake. We went on a Saturday afternoon and there were a lot of people there for the tour. When the "tour" begins, they take you through a gate and up a little hill. You can get a good look at the wolves but there are so many people trying to get a look so it can be hard to see. The guide gives a little speech about the wolves, they throw them some treats, get them to howl which was cool and then you go back down the hill and walk over to see the foxes. It was ok but I thought you would get to spend more time with the wolves. The foxes don't really like to be bothered with. There are bobcats but one was going in for surgery so we didn't get to see them. You can tell that the husband and wife that run the preserve are good people who really care about the wolves. The wolves have a lot of room to roam around. Not worth the $15 tour fee in my opinion. Overall, it is a nice place for the wolves but I wouldn't go back again.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We had never heard of this place until we decided to camp at Camp Taylor, which is on the same property. Everyone was talking about it so we figured, why not go visit the wolves? That was one of the best decisions we made!

There is a shuttle from Camp Taylor to the reserve, but we decided to just walk and it was a lovely 15 minute hike. The tour they give is interesting and informative. The owners seem so enthusiastic about the wolves, and the wolves themselves looked well taken care of. You are able to get pretty close to the wolves and though there are two fences in between, we still got some great photos. At the end the owners coax the wolves to howl, and it is such a neat experience to hear that sound all around you! Because we were camping at the campground so close by, we could even hear them howling at night from our tent! Really a great experience. A must for animal lovers.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

I actually camped here that weekend and could hear the wolves howling during the night. It was an amazing experience. They are beautiful and clearly well taken care of. I can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

If you can, make this trip and visit Jim and Becky and the wolves, foxes and bobcats. Not only educational, these are stunning creatures you rarely get to see. Jim and Becky care for these animals, and it shows in every aspect of the tour, talk, preserve. I am longing to go back. Of all my NJ trips, this is one of the most memorable and beautiful - even though it was pouring rain when we went.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

This has to be one of the coolest places in the country! Not only do you get to see wolves in their natural habitat, you are greeted and educated by a highly-trained staff and leave the preserve with a better understanding for wolves and other NJ wildlife. Unfortunately, you cannot pet the wolves like you can at Howling Woods in Jackson, NJ, but the hike and tour are extremely worth it! Just be sure to pack some water bottles if you go on a hot day because there is some hiking involved. Oh, and don't forget your camera!!!

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Lakotawolf, Manager at Lakota Wolf Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Thank you for your review. glad you had a good time. please know that at howling woods in NJ they have wolf hybrids not purebred wolves that is why you are allowed to pet them. all our animals are real wolves so it is against the law for the public to have contact. Just wanted to clear that up. Thank you

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