There are hundreds of alligators and birds in the preserve. Preserve is not open until 08:00 AM. More scenic after rains as the alligators will be more visible on the bank due to a higher water table; too low and the dike reveals more alligators but with a muddy backdrop.
Hike about 1 1/2 miles along the “Palmetto Trail” that runs about 15 feet above river (at least this day). The Suwannee River is on the left, and there are several spots along this trail where you can descend the bank to get to the river bed.