The Great Florida Birding Trail is a bird- & wildlife-watcher’s dream. The segmented trail of prominent and hidden bird- & wildlife watching locations is marked with highway signs that help visitors locate these environmental wonders.
For the purposes of The Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail, the state is divided into four sections. The East Florida Section of the trail opened in November 2000, the West Florida Section followed in November 2002 and the Panhandle Florida Section opened in May 2004. The opening of the South Florida Section in 2006 completed this 2,000-mile statewide trail.
Of the 182 sites spread throughout the East Florida Section of the trail from Jacksonville to Cocoa Beach, twelve are located in Lake County, though the Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society is working to get this expanded to include the Palatlakaha Environmental & Agricultural Reserve in South Lake County.
The trail is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail aims to combine more prominent birding sites with smaller local sites in groups that will spread out casual bird- & wildlife-watchers and their ecotourism dollars into the surrounding communities.
Use the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail map to view the listed trail sites in Lake County:
- Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Map (518 KB)
- Site 36 - Alexander Springs in the Ocala National Forest
- Site 38 - Emeralda Island Road access to Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area
- Site 39 - Treasure Island Road access to Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area
- Site 40 - Hidden Waters Preserve
- Site 49 - Rock Springs Run State Preserve
- Site 50 - Seminole State Forest
- Site 51 - Lower Wekiva River State Preserve (access from both Lake and Seminole counties)
- Site 72 - Lake Louisa State Park
For more information about The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (850) 488-8755, or log on to www.floridabirdingtrail.com.