Our family got to visit the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive again this weekend! We missed our turn on the way in as the residential and commercial development surrounding the conservation area seem to have made big leaps since last Summer. This time, we saw new homes being built right along the corner of Binion and Lust Road (the nearest cross street for this point of interest) in Apopka.
As a family, we love driving around Central Florida and taking a detour over to the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive on the way to the countryside. It’s a great place to go birding and engage our children–even our toddler–in identifying all kinds of birds and wildlife, including the rare ones. We noticed that the more we visit this place (as well as Black Point Wildlife Drive), the more familiar we become of the birds’ movements, behaviors, and habitats. It’s a fun way to learn and spend the weekend together in a place that’s not too crowded… and, it’s free*! The beauty of God’s Creation never ceases to amaze us. He is definitely the Master Artist!
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Psalm 150:6 KJV
Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive
The Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive is an unpaved, one-way, 11-mile road flanked by a wildlife habitat that many birds and animals call home. Besides birds and alligators, we’ve also seen venomous snakes, otters, and bobcats. It is important to drive slowly and respect wildlife (do not feed them) during your visit. It is equally important to be courteous to other visitors by pulling over to the side (in designated areas) to avoid blocking the road.
Looking for more information? We posted more information about the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive in our original post when we first visited the area. You can also find official information on the St. Johns River Water Management District website.
Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive Hours
The Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive is open between sunrise and sunset on Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays, as well as on federal holidays*. The entrance gate closes approximately 1 hour prior to sunset to allow visitors to finish their drive before sunset.
Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive Driving Directions
From US Highway 441 South, turn right onto W Orange Avenue (which becomes S Binion Road). Turn right on Lust Road. US Highway 441 Landmarks: W Orange Ave is beneath the 414/429 Interchange in the Plymouth / Sorrento area. Here are the rest of the photos that we took during our recent trip…For more photos, check out our slide show on Flickr. Happy browsing!
*As of the time of this post.