The Bailey Tract is one of two outlying tracts of the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and we can’t seem to get enough of it!
The views are mesmerizing and the options for bicycling and hiking seem endless for the adventurous. Plot your route around the perimeter past marshlands and cattails or take a shortcut following impoundments and alongside dense buttonwoods. The freshwater habitat offers special sightings of songbirds, ducks, alligators, river otters, marsh rabbits and more.
The tract is open daily at no charge, including Fridays (when the main refuge is closed), and can be accessed off Tarpon Bay Road.
There are many fun and historical facts to read about Bailey Tract, including its prior use as a landing strip for a sea plane. Read more here!