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Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

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De Leon Springs, FL
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Great place for hiking and birding

A visit to Lake Woodruff is a great way to get to know the real Florida. Most of the refuge is... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
Another peaceful trail, my favorite.

Went today and loved it ! So much land !! We didn't see not one alligator or turtle sadly. Maybe... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
India H
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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.
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De Leon Springs, FL
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

A visit to Lake Woodruff is a great way to get to know the real Florida. Most of the refuge is actually water, and you'd need a boat to explore it. However, the main entrance has access to several hiking trails. There is a small...More

1  Thank M S
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Went today and loved it ! So much land !! We didn't see not one alligator or turtle sadly. Maybe it's the season or bad timing. But I will definitely be making the drive back sometime and I'll check out some of the other trails...More

Thank India H
Reviewed 25 June 2016

If you love nature and don't like to fight crowds, this is the place for you. There are trails if you like to go hiking and places to go fishing. And best of all, It's free.

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Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

If you ever love the landscape of Florida...I provide you with what you are missing at Lake Woodruff National Park in De Leon Florida... Fantastic view of wildlife trails and fishing for all to see.

1  Thank Sonny D
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

I've seen nesting eagles, otters, Bobcats, swallow tail kites, marsh rabbits and many of the wading shore birds you would expect! It's worth the time. You can hike to an observation tower were you can look down and see alligators, harrier hawks and many more....More

Thank RonR66
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

I used to visit here as a child, and was pleasantly surprised to see it's still just as beautiful! My husband and I enjoyed an easy short walk to the observation tower, and saw so much in that short time. There are many different trails...More

Thank Jackie L
Reviewed 14 February 2016

This is an amazing nature preserve with lots of trails. We hiked 4 miles and we saw eagles, hawks, cranes and more birds than I can name. We saw around 10 gators sunny on the waters edge, plenty of turtles, but the highlight was the...More

Thank Rod H
Reviewed 27 February 2015

We always stop at the ranger station, because we get the best information for the most interesting sightings and trail information. This time it was no exception. The volunteers at the station are obviously passionate about their work and even took the time to take...More

2  Thank pixellady
Reviewed 20 February 2015

We visited the nature refuge on a very cold day and there were a lot of animals out to photograph. We saw a Giant Blue Heron, White heron, egrets, Hawks, and Eagle, Alligator and several species of ducks. We only did one loop of the...More

1  Thank Dawn W
Reviewed 7 January 2015

As a native of Florida, I've only experienced a handful of hiking trails. However, the great expanse of wild habitat is truly a beauty to behold at Lake Woodruff. The only sounds you will hear are the wind blowing through the trees, squeaky calls of...More

2  Thank Loren R
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Gail C
30 October 2016|
Response from India H | Reviewed this property |
There aren't any boardwalk trails, but the field trail is flat for quite a length of time. The short loop trail we went on was flat, i can't recall how the roots or anything like that were. I'd say the field would be good if... More