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The birthplace of the National Wildlife Refuge System with the creation of Pelican Island NWR in 1903, Florida has one of the highest concentration of refuges in the country, thanks to being along the major flyover routes for migratory birds. We provide details for each of the refuges listed below, with a list of the other refuges with trails and links to their information at the bottom of this page.
Some of our refuges are species-specific, such as Crocodile Lakes NWR and Florida Panther NWR. Some have limited or no access: no hiking in crocodile habitat! However, we are fortunate to have 15 refuges with hiking and biking trails on them, including some extremely extensive trail systems. Birders find these fabulous spots – especially in winter – to fill out their life lists.
Recreation in Florida’s National Wildlife Refuges
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Other National Wildlife Refuges in Florida with Trails
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge: Hobe Sound Nature Trail.
Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge: Blue Hole, Fred Manillo Trail, Jack Watson Wildlife Trail, Long Beach Trail, No Name Key Trail, Lower Sugarloaf Key Trail.