Take a Walk Through Prime Panther Habitat
Two interconnected hiking trails provide free public access to the Refuge from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. A 0.3-mile accessible gravel-surface loop offers a short stroll through hammock habitat of lush vegetation. A 1.3-mile singletrack natural trail offers an approximately 45-90 minute hike through hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods, and wet prairies.
Seasonal wildflowers, animal tracks, and many species of birds and butterflies are often seen along the trails. Though Florida panthers frequent the areas around the trails, their elusive nature makes them a rare sight. If you happen to see one during your visit, consider yourself one of a lucky few!
Nature observation and photography are encouraged. But please keep in mind: all plants and animals here are protected and not to be taken. Firearms are prohibited and conceal/carry permit holders must abide by FL state law. For their own safety, pets are not permitted on the trails. Off-road vehicles and bicycles are prohibited. Please take all trash with you and do not litter.
The trails are accessible from State Road 29, approximately 0.25 miles north of Alligator Alley (I-75). Look for a wide-open gate and brown hiking trail signs on the west side of State Road 29 just past the I-75 junction. Note that the hiking trails and their parking lot are south of the Refuge headquarters office. No public access is offered from the office location.
For current trail conditions call the Refuge main office at 239-657-8001.
For more information, visit the Refuge Website.