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Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge was established for the protection of the Florida Panther and its habitat.  There are several ways to enjoy the refuge.  

Wildlife Viewing and photography 

Two hiking trails are open to the public on the refuge. The trails are located about a quarter mile north of the intersection of State Road 29 and I-75. Open during daylight hours only, the trails provide the refuge visitor with a chance to experience the various habitats found on the refuge.

The trail is well marked, but during the wet season, overgrown vegetation on the trail may encroach on the trail. Regardless of the trail's condition, the visitor will enjoy a leisurely walk through hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods, and wet prairies. Late winter and early spring will bring out many wildflowers. Deer, bear, and occasional panther tracks can be found along the longer trail. Don't forget to look up to catch a glimpse of a Red-shoulder Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite or Osprey. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to observe wildlife. Call the main office (239-353-8442) to check the status of the trails.

Interpretive tours  

In spring, the refuge hosts an open house, where areas that are normally closed from public access are open to a limited audience for buggy tours, swamp hikes, birding tours, and plant ID walks. Occasionally other tours may be offered during the winter depending on staff or volunteer availability.  Tours will be posted on our "Events Calendar".

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2013
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