Meet at 8 a.m. at the first parking area beyond the entrance to the park at 1001 Old Rock Road in Yankeetown (directions at right). We will follow a 0.5-mile boardwalk that circles Salt Pond, looking along the way for wading birds, woodpeckers, and hawks .
From the boardwalk we will proceed to the Education Center and then follow a short trail to a 30-foot observation tower. From the top deck of the tower there are great views of the tidal marshes that extend to the Gulf of Mexico. Bald Eagles are frequently seen soaring over the wetlands. From the tower, the trail leads to an oak hammock where we might see several species of songbirds.
BONUS: After visiting the Preserve we can proceed to the Bird Creek Boat Ramp area. Attractions along the way might include Belted Kingfishers, Roseate Spoonbills and, hopefully, seen from the ramp, shorebirds and terns.
The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is a 413-acre parcel of undeveloped wetlands. It consists of mixed hardwood, pine, and cabbage palm forest, tidal marshes, and several salt ponds. The Preserve is owned by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with a grant from the Florida Community Trust.