We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

#5 of 22 things to do in Cedar Key Features Animals
Cedar Key, FL
+1 352-493-0238
Review Highlights
Nature Lover's delight

Beautiful refuge, enjoyed walking the trails with our dog and taking in the river views. Very nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
North GA
Hidden gem

We drove the 9 mile loop and stopped often to experience nature. Saw lots of different birds... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Janet C
Brooksville, Florida
Read all 88 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“nine mile” (8 reviews)
“nature drive” (5 reviews)
“the loop” (6 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 07:30 - 16:00
Cedar Key, FL
+1 352-493-0238
Write a Review
Reviews (88)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 88 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful refuge, enjoyed walking the trails with our dog and taking in the river views. Very nice wooden trails through the swamp areas. As we spent the day there we would have enjoyed a little picnic area but we made do. If you do plan...More

Thank nogatraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove the 9 mile loop and stopped often to experience nature. Saw lots of different birds, turtles and fish and one alligator. There was even a dirt ramp to unload your boat/canoe/kayak onto the river. Although the creeks were pretty well dried up due...More

Thank Janet C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove through the refuge yesterday morning and enjoyed it so much we drove through it again this morning. Morning might just be the best time to drive through and see the various wildlife. Between yesterday and today we saw 1 adult gator, 5 baby...More

Thank Debra A
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We drove through this wildlife refuge and we thought it was a nice drive about 8 miles. There are places to stop along the way and walk around we mostly saw birds but I am sure if we walked around more we probably would have...More

Thank Carla P
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Drove through the refuge and made quick stops but saw lots of wildlife. Touted as a birding paradise and although we saw a few birds, we enjoyed seeing some alligators, and wild boars and deer. Went in the early evening and it was delightfully deserted

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We saw lots of birds, wildflowers, butterflies, deer, non-venomous snakes and a gator. The trails were in good shape and there were very few visitors. We did lots of hiking but also enjoyed the wildlife drive. The areas around the little ponds were really pretty

Thank Janna64
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Spent time driving this 9 mile loop. Road good, several viewing spots. Didn't see any birds or wildlife. Might have been the time of day.

Thank Jerry S
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We just spent the better part of a day wandering to the different stops along Hwy 347 northeast of Cedar Key. First stop was Shell Mound, where we happened upon a ranger who gave us a map and a few recommendations. We skipped past the...More

1  Thank dbfritz
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We stayed in Cedar Key in Oct 2016 and decided to venture out beyond the island. The Wildlife Refuge was a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, saw amazing trees, wildlife and met some lovely people from all over.

Thank Toni R
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

If traveling in Florida towards Cedar Key consider a side drive to the Suwannee refuge where a short hike brings you to a boardwalk down to the historic river... worth the walk

Thank Marc W
Nearby Restaurants
Treasure Camp on the Suwannee
89 reviews
3.19 km away
Salt Creek Restaurant
60 reviews
11.39 km away
ABC Pizza
62 reviews
22.03 km away
Bar-B-Q Bill's
79 reviews
22.02 km away
Nearby Attractions
Manatee Springs State Park
353 reviews
15.93 km away
Island Time Charters
35 reviews
22.40 km away
Fanning Springs State Park
95 reviews
26.12 km away
Dakotah Winery
88 reviews
23.69 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines