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Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

This spectacular 6,300 acre nature preserve is home to over 200 species of birds, alligators, mangrove forests, and more.  Don't forget to pack a camera.  A single 4.25 mile paved road loops through the preserve, in addition to gravel side trails.

The Education Center has interesting exhibits about the many animals living in this ecosystem, a gift shop, and knowledgable guides to answer any questions.  You'll also find restrooms and water.

One Wildlife Drive (just off Sanibel-Captiva Road)

  Education Center
    Nov-Apr: 9AM-5PM
    May-Oct: 9AM-4PM
  Wildlife Drive
    Sunrise-Sunset every day except Friday

  Education Center: Free
  Wildlife Drive: $5/car, $1/bike or pedestrian (under 16 free)

On the trail
Watch for the signs along Sanibel-Captiva Road at mile 0.8 (based on the mile markers along the road).

Wildlife Drive

Guaranteed to be one of your most memorable bike rides or hikes, this road takes you through mangrove forests and bays filled with over 200 species of birds.

Length in miles:

4.25 Total Wildlife Drive, from Visitors Center / gate to Wulfurt exit Note: this ends on San-Cap Road, 3 miles west of the DDNWR entrance & Visitors Center
3.7 Total Wildlife Drive / Indigo Trail loop (starts & ends at gate)
3.0 From entrance gate to Indigo Trail
0.7 Length of Indigo Trail (first section is 0.15, then turn left)
3.6 From entrance gate to Wulfurt Keys trail
0.25 Length of Wulfurt Keys trail
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Purple line represents paved bike path; maroon line is gravel or packed dirt

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