Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Refuge protects a remnant of the once vast northern Everglades. At the Visitor Center you can take a virtual airboat ride, listen to night sounds of the Everglades and explore a gator hole - all without getting wet! Behind the Visitor Center you can explore the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, a 0.4-mile trail that loops through towering cypress trees, pond apple trees, ferns and other flora of the swamp.Then relax in the nearby Butterfly Garden, or head across the road to the Marsh Trail. The 0.8-mile Marsh Trail is one of several walking trails along the grass levees that encircle impoundment areas, where different water levels provide habitat for various types of wading birds and other wildlife. Bring your camera and binoculars! You might see an endangered Wood Stork or Snail Kite, or any of 270 other species of birds. While walking the trails, look for tracks in the soft sand. Common tracks include those of bobcats, otters, alligators, raccoons, armadillos and birds.See the Everglades up close and personal in a canoe or kayak on the 5.5-mile Canoe Trail! Or enjoy the view from the levee as you ride along the 12-mile Bike Trail alongside the main canal. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available for rent. Try your luck fishing from the pier for largemouth bass, bluegill and bullhead catfish. Boating and sport fishing are also allowed in the main canal. State regulations for fishing licenses apply. Airboats are not allowed on the Refuge, but Loxahatchee Everglades Tours operates just south of the Refuge. Guided bird and nature walks and canoe trips take place on a regular basis. Ranger-led school tours are available by appointment.
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Kim L
Fort Lauderdale, FL171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The canoe/kayak rental outfitter is out of business. You need to bring your own vessel to paddle the short 5.5 mile loop. I just wanted to pass on this information because it does not seem to be posted anywhere.
Written February 1, 2024
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Steven H
Bridgewater, New Jersey223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A big preserve, most of it open grassland and water pockets. The highlight for us was the boardwalk through a bald cypress swamp behind the visitor center. Textbook cypress swamp, shady, dense, and beautiful. Lots of birds here. The grassland area was pleasant, but birds sparse.
Written May 31, 2023
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Patty531
Vestal, NY55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is a great spot to enjoy the sunset - you will feel like you are in the Lion King. When entering the park through the main entrance, continue straight to the boat ramp. Good place for a hike when the weather is not too hot, as this is a bit inland & has very little shade. Dogs are only allowed on the dirt road that follows the canal. There are canoe rentals, but I would call head as there is not always someone in that area. The small visitor center has lots of good information about the area and the wildlife. Lots of birds and almost always an alligator sighting.
Park fees are collected on weekends, but not usually during the week or evenings.
Written February 23, 2023
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cascader8
Chicago, IL100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Great place to visit if you’re too far north from Everglades City area. Loxahatchee Adventures seems to be the confession for canoeing. They need to improve their communication about their locations. The person we spoke to on phone told us there was no difference about the canoeing between their parkland and boyton beach locations. She said it was a matter of where we wanted to drive to. But this was not accurate. It turns out that the 5.5 Canoe Trail is at the Boynton Beach location and the Parkland location is a wide open area with sawgrass. Also, their website does not make this clear. We would’ve happily driven to the Boynton Beach location has we known this.
Overall, we had a nice two hour paddle. But I left disappointed that we didn’t get to do the boardwalks and the 5.5 trail at the Boynton Beach location.
Written February 10, 2023
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T T
Great Neck, United States8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Worth visiting. Local people with children your chair, lunch, a good book, and watch alligators. Your kids can fish there too. I saw people coming with a small boat. Very nice place to visit. The ground is big.
Written October 20, 2022
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mttaylor9
Baltimore, MD838 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We love exploring nature in Florida but this raised boardwalk wasn't the best in the area for sure. The park charges $10 entry and they don't upkeep like Gumbo Limbo or other parks in the area.

The store was closed as well but the exhibits in the visitor center were really well done. The "airboat" exhibit was good but the swamp at night was amazing.
Written October 17, 2022
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Arielfl
Coconut Creek, FL2,014 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I love to visit the Everglades but I don't often have the time to travel all the way down to Homestead. Fortunately for me the Loxahatchee Refuge is located a mere thirty minutes from where I live. It's located directly off of 441, about 20 minutes north of Glades Road directly behind Bedner farms which is a great place to grab a snack or drink before you go into the park.

Once you enter there a park service booth to the right. Admission is $10 but usually no one is present to collect the admission. A soon as you pass the booth turn to the right and there you will find the nature visitor center. There is some nice displays and a cute little movie where you sit in a fake air boat and the movie makes you feel like you are zipping through the Everglades. You will also find park rangers and volunteers here to answer any questions you have. The visitor center closes at 4 pm. Right behind the nature center are the bathrooms and the entrance to the Cypress trail which goes through the cypress swamp. The trail is a quick little ten minute walk on an elevated boardwalk. Very pretty. The trail winds around back to the start and when the nature center is open there are some rocking chairs on the back patio to enjoy.

Once you finish the nature center you hop back into the car and drive up to the next parking lot on the left. If it is July it is worth looking into the water on your left side. It's a popular place for alligators to nest and I have seen mom's and babies many times. You just want to give them a wide berth. Once you park you will see a trail to your left that makes a nice circle around the wet prairie habitat ending back at the parking lot. It's an easy twenty minute walk but there is no shade so I like it best in the winter. As you walk you will see many birds. Some that I see often are Anhingas, Great Blue Herons, and Great Egrets. I have also seen alligators and turtles swimming along. There is a small observation platform which gives a nice view of the wet prairie.

A short drive up the road leads to another parking lot on the left where there a covered pavilion that abuts the slough. If you peer over the railing there is usually an alligator or two lounging around. This area provides a beautiful view of the wet prairie. The last time I was there I saw a family feeding the alligators grapes. This was despite a large sign that says do not feed the alligators. The sign also showed a dead alligator that the park rangers had to kill because it had become a nuisance gator from people feeding it. Let's leave the wildlife wild folks.

At the very back of the refuge is the slough habitat. A lot of people bring their boats back here and it's a popular place to fish. There is place here that rents canoes and kayak and you can take the five mile canoe trail that runs through here. I did it once and took several hours. There was no shade which can be brutal. They lily pads also make it difficult to get through the water. The wildlife however was amazing and it made it worthwhile. I saw alligators swimming right next to my canoe as well as many kinds of birds. The canoe place also offers moonlight canoe trips which I have always wanted to take.

In February of every years the friends of Arthur R Marshall Refuge have an Everglades Day. A ton of people come so you have to park offsite and ride a bus. The event has free canoeing, guided nature walks, arts and crafts for the kids, vendors, and food trucks just to name a few things. Last year my friends bought some very nice binoculars which I am seriously thinking of purchasing this year. Although crowded it is a really fun day.

The Everglades is a very important part of the Florida ecosystem. Some changes are being proposed that may threaten the future of the refuge. I wrote this review because I hope more people will come visit and love it as much as I do. If you love it like me, then you will be invested in protecting it too.
Written June 23, 2022
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trips50rus
Ohio135 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
There is lots of walking on designated pathways. Depending on when you go - you can wait a long time in line to get in. If you like to bird watch, this is the place for you.
Written May 31, 2022
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Alison V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Myself and a friend rented a canoe and did the short canoe route. It was amazing!! We saw turtles, fish, lots of birds and many alligators! I wish we would have had time to do the full day route. I’d highly suggest giving this park an entire day, not just an afternoon as there is so much to see here!!! Some of the directions and signage for the short route wasn’t exactly clear as we didn’t go where we were supposed to and neither did the people in front of us that we can into, but I still had a fantastic time and loved every minute of it! I’d highly recommend the boat/canoe/kayak rentals!
Written May 12, 2022
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Michael d
Lake Worth, FL7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I've been coming here to bird watch for the past 10 years, at least once a week, leisurely strolling around for hours with my field glasses and my field guide, counting the number of bird species I could identify and making notes in my field journal. It used to be heavenly, quiet and tranquil, not many people, especially on the weekends, so it was lovely. The few people I would encounter were respectful and kindred -- fellow birdwatchers, wildlife photographers with their telephoto lenses and tripods, backpacking hikers, and the occasional landscape painter with their easels and brushes. Nature lovers all. It was lovely. But now they've ruined it by allowing people to bring their dogs in. They had a strict "No Dogs Allowed" policy for at least a decade, and probably a lot longer than that, but in order to increase usage and revenues (this by their own admission) they've lifted the ban. Now, like everyplace else, there's dogs everywhere, especially on the weekends. Nothing can ruin a tranquil "nature vibe'" more than the sound of a barking dog. And naturally, the sight, sound and scent of the brutish beasts terrorizes the wildlife so you see far fewer birds. It's such a pity. It used to be so lovely.
Dogs in a nature preserve? Really?
Written February 27, 2022
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