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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Large area to drive thru. We picked up a map at the entrance but it wasn't very helpful. We drove the paved road and saw 1 alligator on the side of the lake. Tried the dirt roads and saw nothing but trees and dried vegetation. Guess if you want to hike or bike this place is good but for a scenic drive I would pick another place. A lot of people are confusing this site in their reviews with the other Babcock Ranch.

Thank Gail C
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

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.

Thank Travelcrow
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

It was kind of hard to figure out the first time I went, but there is a little station that you stop at and put money in an envelope and then put the stub in your windshield. I think it is 3 bucks a person and then there is a discount price for a car full. The fee is to enter the park, and the shooting range is included in the admission price. They have three or four 10 slot gun stations each with different rules and they have two skeet stations for shotguns. One of the stations was closed the last time I was there and there was no date when it would reopen. There is rangers that control the the stations and enforce the rules. You can shoot all day for the three bucks, but the place is crowded and usually you have to wait for a slot. I think it is best to go during the summer when there are less people in the area. There is a similar place in Sarasota that is less crowded, but they charge a lot more.

Thank JhonB
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped to check out the bird watching. Depending on the time of day a variety of birds may be sighted. Public camping in designated areas. No hook ups. Public restrooms are pit type but very clean. Fishing permitted with FL license. No gasoline powered watercraft permitted. Firing range on site. Paved road around the East side of the lake with multiple boat launches and handicapping fishing access. Fees charged are reasonable and somewhat on the honor system.

Thank Barb W
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

This area is excellent for birdwatching. You pay at a machine to enter the area and then can drive around the roads/tracks looking for wildlife. We always love our time spent here.

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