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Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: De Leon Springs, FL
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Established as a migratory bird refuge, much of this wildlife refuge is...
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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Great wildlife viewing, beautiful trails

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 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 us to the eagle nest. We got a sighting of the Bald Eagle feeding the... More 

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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 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 park due to the cold but the wildlife was spectacular

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Port Orange, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 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 Moorhens, and maybe the cries of an osprey. There are many different routes to take,... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

If you have a penchant for wildlife in it's natural habitat, in a natural atmosphere that reflects what Florida looked like before developers found it and ruined so much of it, then please come here. Walk a shorter or much longer distance, marvel at the birds, reptiles, and mammals, and let your blood pressure slowly go down.

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Deland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife a Refuge is free and a perfect place to hike and see lots of birds, some gators and an occasional animal. We love taking visitors there and seeing their excitement as we come upon bald eagles or even coots. Perfect place for photography and fishing. Stay as long as you like and maybe continue on over... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We really enjoyed hiking around Pool 1. The path is hard packed and accessible. We did see two people using electric scooters on the path. Our goal was to see wildlife and we did! We saw lots of birds (eagles, anhingas, moorhens, coots, vultures, egrets, herons, sandhill cranes..including one sitting on a nest). We also saw a bobcat and a... More 

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Buffalo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

There are three looping trails in the main refuge area, ranging from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 miles in length. It's a fairly easy trail to walk on, almost like a dirt road. Depending on the time of year, you will see many different birds and animals. This past trip we saw a family of 5 otters running and playing... More 

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Central FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

It doesn't appear many people know about this place. I'm not a big bird person but I enjoy the area. It's nature at her best. Beautiful area to walk. You get to see alligators, turtles, and plenty of bird species. The fact that it's free and open to the public is a bonus.

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DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

A beautiful place to walk and see alot of wildlife. Lots of water birds a birder's paradise, go in the iwnter, the bugs are bad in summer

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