Access the Trail

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To better introduce visitors to the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, we designated nine “gateway” sites at exceptional birding locations. There are two or three gateways located in each Trail section. Gateways have staffed visitor centers and serve as hubs for Trail information. Each gateway has a special kiosk with birdwatching tips for beginners and introductory information regarding the Trail. Loaner optics can be checked out for free for a day with a driver’s license or major credit card at all gateway locations. Or stop by and pick up a copy of the Trail's guide booklets.

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Visit these gateway locations:

East Florida Section: 

West Florida Section:

Panhandle Florida Section:

South Florida Section:


Need a Birding Trail guidebook?

Go to our Trail Guides Page HERE

Additional Trail information can be found by:

  • using the Trail Locations and Trip-Planning Wizard quick links found on each web page
  • visiting the GFBWT's Facebook and Twitter sites.
  • downloading or subscribing to the GFBWT's Kite Tales newsletter
  • downloading the GFBWT's free mobile device application Nature Viewing Along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail from or Nature Viewing in Florida from