Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way 11-mile dirt road, with pull-off areas where we can stop to look for birds. The entrance is located at 2803 Lust Road, Apopka.
To carpool, meet at Sunrise Plaza shopping center at 6:15 a.m. There is a Winn-Dixie in this shopping center, which is a little east of I-75 on the south side of SR-50.
If you are going directly to Lake Apopka, meet at the Wildlife Drive Trailhead at 7:30 a.m.
Directions for going to Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail when coming from Spring Hill or Brooksville:
Drive east on SR-50 to Groveland. Turn left on SR-19 and head northeast 9 miles. At CR-455 turn right and drive east 2.6 miles. At the traffic circle, turn north on CR-561. In 2.5 miles at Astatula, turn right on CR-48. When it ends in 4.2 miles, turn left at CR-448, and in 0.5 mile turn right to rejoin CR-48, called Duda Road, which then becomes Jones Avenue.
Continue east to US-441. In 3.1 miles, turn right on US-441, W. Orange Blossom Trail. As soon as you go under toll road 429 in 3.7 miles, turn right on CR-437, W. Orange Ave. In 2.1 miles, turn right on Lust Road. At the end of Lust Road, we will meet at the gate for Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive at 7:30 am.
When going to Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail from somewhere else, search Internet maps for your best route. Your destination is the gate at the west end of Lust Road in Apopka.
The GPS coordinates for the entrance are: N28.669183. W-81.561540 The address is 2803 Lust Road, Apopka.
Bring a lunch and beverages.