We visited mid day and thus did not experience the larger number of birds that are often seen here. When you first enter, there is a rustic kiosk with maps and the permit you need to purchase to visit. $6 per car. $3 per individual if walking or riding a bike, etc. Nearby are bathrooms. Apparently no others in this vast wild area. We make an approximate 8 to 10 mile circle following dirt roads outlined on the map. We spent some time looking and listening for the red cockaded woodpecker in several identified nesting areas. Those areas are quite easy to find as the nesting trees have a wide band of white paint around the trunk about shoulder high. No luck. Woodpeckers probably out hunting during that time of day. Did see a limpkin, some egrets, herons, hawks and two massive alligators. Be prepared for the roads to be quite dusty and a little rough in some places. They are wide, however and well marked.
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