Best Birding Locations in Levy County, FL
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Devil's Hammock Wildlife Management Area
Levy County & Suwannee River Water Management District managed property
Levy County Parks and Recreation
Management Area allows: Driving tour, Hiking, Biking, Horseback riding, Swimming, Picnicking, Wildlife viewing, Nature photography, Hunting (seasonal)
Hunting information contact: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at www.myfwc.com for information on hunting seasons and rules.
Blue Springs Park/ Devils Hammock
Levy County Parks and Recreation
Blue Springs Park is located at the end of CR 339, north of Bronson. This park is open from April 1st through September 30th each year.
Henry Beck Park
Levy County Parks and Recreation
Henry Beck Park is located on CR 343, ½ miles from CR 326, about 5 miles east of Gulf Hammock on the Wekiva River. This park is open from April 1st through September 30th each year.
Goethe State Forest - Southeast Levy
9110 S.E. County Road 337, Dunnellon, FL 34431
The Goethe Trail System extends throughout the forest with access available at three separate trailheads. The forest is open during daylight hours for visitors to enjoy horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, fishing or wildlife viewing.
Trailheads within Goethe State Forest
Apex Trailhead, CR 337; South of SR 121 352-465-8585
Black Prong Trailhead, Off of CR 337 near CR326 352-465-8585
Tidewater Trailhead, Bottom of CR 337; Before CR 336 352- 465-8585
Here is the URL for Goethe State Forest link to their Birding List
Cross Florida Greenway - Inglis Dam - 352- 447-1720
This 110-mile linear park was created from the aborted project that once called for a barge canal to be cut across the state of Florida. Today hikers, walkers, bicyclists and horseback riders take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Inglis Island Park - 352- 447-1720
Scenic trails await exploration through a landscape of cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, and pine woods. Get a look of Lake Rousseau at the overlook. Entrance is south of the Withlacoochee River.
Bird Creek Park - This park and boat ramp is located at the end of Hwy. 40 in Yankeetown.
The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve - 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown, FL 34498
The Preserve is a 413-acre passive nature park located within the town limits of Yankeetown, FL. It features a boardwalk, nature trails, and a 30-foot observation tower overlooking tidal wetlands. The Preserve is open from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Located within the park are Picnic Areas, Tables, Comfort Areas, Restrooms, Trails, Unpaved Hiking/Walking Trails, Biking Trails, Wildlife Observation Areas, Water Access, Kayak/Canoe Launch and an Observation Pier. Hiking only - No horseback riding.
B's Marina & Campground on the Withlacoochee River
6621 Riverside Dr., Yankeetown (352) 447-5888
15 Hickory Ave., Yankeetown 352-447-2529
Waccasassa Bay State Preserve - Yankeetown to Cedar Key along the Gulf of Mexico (only accessible by boat)
8312 S.W. 125th Court, Cedar Key, Florida 32625 - 352-543-5567
Waccasassa Bay State Preserve still offers sweeping vistas of natural landscapes uninterrupted by buildings, power lines, and bridges. The preserve is home to numerous rare, threatened, or endangered plant and animal species and commercially important marine species. The plentiful and varied cultural resources of the preserve range from prehistoric burial mounds to historic sites of the industries that formerly thrived in the area.
Although there aren't any marked foot trails, nature enthusiasts can enjoy wildlife viewing from a canoe. There are several primitive campsites on the Preserve, accessible only by private boat and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Boat access is from CR 40 in Yankeetown, CR 326 in Gulf Hammock, and Cedar Key.
Waccasassa Park & Boat Ramp
This park is located at the end of CR 326, west of Gulf Hammock on the Waccasassa River.
Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail - Yankeetown to Suwannee
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is proud to announce the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail was recently awarded designation as a National Recreation Trail during National Trails Day June 4th, 2005. The Big Bend Paddling Trail was one of 37 trails in 23 states to receive this award. National Recreation Trail designation is an honor given out to those existing trails that have been nominated and meet the requirements for connecting people to local resources and improving their quality of life. The national trail designation is part of a continuing campaign to promote community partnerships and to foster innovative ways to encourage physical fitness. The National Trails System Act of 1968 encourages the Secretary of the Interior to recognize existing community trails that qualify as additions to the National Trails System. The Act promotes enjoyment and appreciation of trails and greater public access.
FWC recently added a seventh primitive camping site to the Big Bend Paddling Trail on the banks of the Econfina River. The site is 0.4 miles downstream from the public boat ramp where private camping and lodging is also available. The site is posted with our standard campsite sign on the west bank of the river. The GPS coordinates are N 30.03.23 / W 83.54.70.
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge - Seahorse Key, Atesena Otie
Headquarters: 16450 NW 31st Pl. 352-493-0238
The term "Keys" comes from the Indian word &"cayo";, meaning "small island";. This is a very appropriate term for this unique area! Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is a group of fragile coastal islands just off the village of Cedar Key, Florida. Established in 1929, Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge contains significant natural and cultural resources from pre-historic and historic times. Today, the Refuge consists of 13 islands ranging in size from 1 to 120 acres, totaling 762 acres. Ancient Indian cultures once used these off-shore islands as camps, later creating living areas - where food from the Gulf was plentiful and readily available. In more recent history, the famous Faber Pencil Mill was located on Atsena Otie Key where its remains can be seen today.
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge - Gulf of Mexico & Suwannee River area
Headquarters: 16450 NW 31st Pl. 352-493-0238 The Refuge offers recreational and educational activities for everyone. Bird and wildlife observation, wildlife photography, fishing, canoeing, hunting, and interpretive walks are all available.
Shell Mound Trail - on the Gulf of Mexico, Cedar Key Area
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
#4 Bridge & Fishing Pier - Cedar Key
Cedar Key City Park & Marina
Levy County Fishing Pier
Manatee Springs State Park - 11650 NW 115th St. 352-493-6072
An 8.5-mile trail system winds through the woods, perfect for hiking and biking. If you don`t want to go "off road," you can pedal or walk the two-mile paved entrance road to the park. Located at the end of State Road 320, off U.S. 19/98, just six miles west of Chiefland.
Nature Coast State Trail - 352-535-5181 - The Chiefland trailhead is located at the Chiefland Railroad Depot just two blocks from downtown.
Almost 32 miles of paved trail beckon bicyclists, walks, hikers and horseback riders as the trail winds through changing landscapes. Trailheads allow access in Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton, and Cross City.
The paved trail crosses the historic Suwannee River, (between Fanning Springs and Old Town), over the original train trestle, providing a beautiful scenic and peaceful view of the river, definitely a "must see" experience.
Andrews Wildlife Management Area - 352-493-6020 or 352-758-0525
This management area features one of the largest remaining hardwood hammock forests, as well as 800 acres of river bottomland bordering the Suwannee River. Nearby slash pine plantations are being converted to longleaf pine to improve habitat for wildlife. There are six walking nature trails, as well as several narrow dirt roads. Five clearings have been planted with grass and grains to attract wildlife.
Travel north of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 19 for 4.7 miles. Turn left onto County Road 211 and drive 0.9 mile to entrance kiosk. Management Area allows: Hiking, Wildlife observation, Observation platforms, Hunting, and Nature photography. Management Area runs along the Historic Suwannee River in Levy County.
Here is the URL for Andrews WMA link to their Birding List
Fanning Springs State Park
"Wildlife Viewing Info"