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Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

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Come See The Swallow-Tailed Kite And The Alligator!

My wife and I were able to stop here this April on our way back to Minnesota. The Lake Woodruff NWR... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
New York Mills, MN, United States
Wonderful visit to diverse habitats and a variety of wildlife!

Located near De Leon Springs, this was a somewhat "off the beaten path" visit as the refuge... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2018
Kathi D
Palm Coast, Florida
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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.
De Leon Springs, FL
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

My wife and I were able to stop here this April on our way back to Minnesota. The Lake Woodruff NWR is located in central Florida near the City of De Leon Springs. It was established in 1964 as a migratory bird refuge. It was...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Closed...due to fire? We could not tell. The visitor center is closed and drove down the road to where you park and there was a barrier up with a sign that stated closed. Beyond that you could just see that a lot of the park...More

1  Thank Holly K
Reviewed 10 February 2018

Located near De Leon Springs, this was a somewhat "off the beaten path" visit as the refuge appeared in research but we had not heard of it previously. This turned out to be a boon because the trails had very few people and we had...More

Thank Kathi D
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful refuge with trails within the Hammock. Minimal wildlife after rain storm. Highlight of trip was seeing Barred Owl who stayed around long enough for photos. Would be great place to canoe. If in area will certianly return for more hiking.

Thank trouthook69
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

One of my favorite spots in Central Florida. Easy to get to and small paved parking lots. Hiking is flat and easy and several different trails. Bring bug spray and water, especially on a warm day. We walked all around the pools, about 7 miles...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 19 January 2018

I was so grateful for the opportunity to spend a few short minutes exploring this gem in the middle of nowhere, or so it seemed. I intend to go back for more hiking, exploring and photographs.

Thank hubjeanne
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

2  Thank M S
Reviewed 28 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 24 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.

Thank smiles1899
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.

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Gail C
29 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