At Withlachoochee River Park plan to walk along the river for .25 mile, take a short woodland walk (.35 mi) prior to another short walk to an observation tower (.25 mi). After visiting the park we will drive along Auton Road which borders the park. On the road there may be an opportunity to observe waterfowl at a wetland pond, raptors over a landfill area, and sparrows on the fences/wires bordering farmlands.
**Prior to the park there is a small wetland area that can provide a birding opportunity before the start of the field trip. It is on River Road, past the turn at Summer Lake road, before you approach Auton Road. There is limited parking on the road in this area.
This Pasco County park is located on the western edge of the Green Swamp, one of the most important recharge areas in our state for the Floridan Aquifer system. The Withlacoochee River Park offers visitors access to a wild and scenic portion of the Withlacoochee River and a mosaic of habitat communities, from high sandhill to low riverine swamp.