Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
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Boardwalks and Observation Decks

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

There are several boardwalks and observation decks available for wildlife/wildlands observation and photography.  Wildlife observation is best in the early morning or evening hours and in the winter and spring months.

Dixie County

  • Fishbone Creek  an elevated observation deck provides picturesque vistas.   There is also a small boat launch.
  • Salt Creek Boardwalk: located off county road 347 near the town of Suwannee, this accessible boardwalk provides spectacular views of the the salt marsh and a rare glimpse of "old Florida".

Levy County

  • Shell Mound Fishing and Observation Deck: an elevated deck over Gulf waters with nearby mud flats that provide great shorebirding. Benches should be in place by late summer of 2008, so before then bring a chair if needed.
  • River Trail: The easy 0.3 mile trail ends at a bi-leveled deck over the cypress knees of the historic Suwannee. In spring the butterweed and violets flourish.
  • Bottomlands Boardwalk: 1,000 feet of boardwalk wind through the swamp adjacent to the Suwannee River. Pileated and red-bellied woodpeckers, barred owls, and hawks are sighted along the path that loops back to the parking area.


Last updated: June 14, 2010