The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

It's your road to adventure!

The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a network of more than 500 premier wildlife viewing sites across the state. When you want to know where to go in Florida to see native birds, butterflies and more, head for the Trail.

Every year, millions of people, residents and visitors alike, participate in wildlife viewing activities, contributing billions of dollars to Florida’s economy*, but the ultimate goal of the Trail is to encourage conservation of Florida’s native habitats and species.

The Trail is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, supported in part by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, and is possible thanks to dozens of federal, state, and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations and private landowners.

*2011 Economic Benefits of Wildlife Viewing in Florida, Southwick Assoc.

Site Closures Due to Hurricane Ian

On Sept. 28, 2022 Hurricane Ian made landfall near Fort Myers and proceeded to impact many areas across Florida. As of Jan. 13, 2023 several of our GFBWT sites are still partially or totally closed for repair and restoration. Before planning a trip, please see the links below for status updates on impacted sites. If the site’s status is uncertain please call the numbers provided for more information. This list will be updated periodically.

GFBWT South Section Closures

GFBWT East Section Closures

New Site Nominations Now Open!

The GFBWT is excited to announce that we will be accepting nominations for new sites from 10 a.m. Oct. 3, 2022, to 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2023!

We are seeking sites that exemplify Florida’s excellent birding and other wildlife viewing opportunities. GFBWT sites range in their “wildness,” and we will consider a range of sites from relatively untouched wilderness to areas with more well-developed infrastructure.

Nominations must be submitted by the person in charge of the site, but members of the public are welcome and encouraged to share this opportunity with site managers and help them prepare application materials.

Go to Site Nomination Page

Flyer announcing the opening of the extended nomination period for new Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) sites