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Circle B Bar Reserve Loop

Intermediate
 4.6 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The best wildlife hike in Florida.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Loop

111' 34 m

High

99' 30 m

Low

20' 6 m

Up

20' 6 m

Down

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy trails, lots of wildlife, paved parking, restrooms, and visitor center at the start of trail.

Overview

USA Today Travel named Circle B Bar one of the 51 best places to see wildlife, alligators, ducks, snakes, armadillos, bald eagles, ospreys, and a huge variety of birds and 45 species of butterflies. This 2.7-mile round trip takes you on a portion of the six miles of trails through some spectacular marshes and swamps.

Need to Know

There are a lot of alligators and it is always possible they could be on or near a trail. Also bicycles are allowed on some of the trails.

Description

The trail starts near a paved parking area and Visitor Center with bathrooms and picnic shelters nearby. You'll travel on four different connected trails that are very flat and easy. The trails in order are Heron Hideout, Eagle Roost, Wading Bird Way, and Marsh Rabbit Run.

Bring a camera and or binoculars as you won't be disappointed. On the weekends, the main parking lot can fill up and the trails are more crowded but it can still be a great experience.

Flora & Fauna

Alligators, ducks, snakes, armadillos, bald eagles, ospreys, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes, and a huge variety of migrating and native birds and 45 species of butterflies.

History & Background

Circle B Bar is named after a cattle ranch that was once on the site.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kevin Roberts

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 5 votes

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  4.6 from 5 votes
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Photos

Large birds on Marsh Rabbit Run
Dec 8, 2017 near Highlan…, FL
More than half of the trail has water near either side making animal crossings very common
Dec 8, 2017 near Highlan…, FL
Great views throughout, each time is a different experience.
Dec 8, 2017 near Highlan…, FL
Swamp, marshes, wildflowers along the trail
Dec 8, 2017 near Highlan…, FL
No shortage of alligators here
Dec 8, 2017 near Highlan…, FL
View of a Roseate Spoonbill from the Heron Hideout.
Dec 8, 2017 near Highlan…, FL

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