Top: look up often and you stand a good chance of seeing the common barred owl; middle: use caution and keep your distance if you encounter the seldom seen eastern diamondback rattlesnake. Remember that they are protected too; bottom: the Florida snapping turtle may be seen near water where it spends most of its time.
Public Use Opportunities Public access to the refuge is very limited because various outdoor recreational activities could disturb panthers and their pre , which would be inconsistent with the refuge purpose of providing optimal panther habitat and protection.
Hiking Trails Two hiking trails provide limited public access to the Refuge. These trails are located in an area that receives very little panther use. The trails are accessible from State Road 29, approximately 0.25 miles north of Alligator Alley (I-75).
The trail system consists of two concentric loop trails, including an unimproved 1.3 mile trail that is closed seasonally due to flooding and a 0.3 mile improved trail that is wheelchair accessible. There is no charge for use of the trails.