There are many miles of well-maintained trails, with the most popular being the Alligator Alley Trail. It runs along Lake Hancock, a large, alligator-inhabited lake where the large reptiles may be seen – some up close and rather personal.
Even more impressive and much less threatening is the amazing amount of bird life. All of the usual suspects were there – herons, egrets, grackles, anhingas, and lots of unidentifiable little tweets; but the stars are there as well, including a bald eagle and painted buntings.
Circle-B-Bar has become extremely popular, so it is best to get there very early. We arrived just before 0800 but earlier would have been better, as the parking lot and trails can get progressively more crowded.
Another of the stars of Circle-B-Bar though are the massive live oak trees, whose outstretched limbs, are draped in Spanish moss. The big, old cypress trees along the lake shore are ideal perches for all of the water birds that need a spot to rest or dry their wings.
It is a spectacularly beautiful location that is well worth multiple visits over time. And we WILL return … soon.