For wildlife watchers, the Gator Lake Trail offers a ton of viewing opportunities in a small space. See wading birds of all types, alligators (hence the name) and other assorted wildlife in the dunes and in the lake itself.
By the Numbers
The Gator Lake Trail is short, clocking in at only .36 miles around. It's a loop, so you'll start out and end in the same place, crossing over an ancient dune and along the edge of the lake. Numbered markers indicate stops along the trail, identifying points of interest.
Again, it's short, but you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring this trail. Go early in the morning when wildlife is most active.
What to Bring
Binoculars or spotting scopes are a must for this trail. Several bird rookeries are just outside of comfortable viewing range, but good optics will get you up close. Bring water and wear clothing suitable for a couple of hours of outdoor activity.
For more information on the Gator Lake trail, visit www.floridastateparks.org/standrews.