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Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Hobe Sound includes more than three miles of beach, sand dunes, and mangrove swamp on Jupiter Island, and a sand pine scrub forest on the mainland. Here, on one of the most productive sea turtle nesting areas in the United States, federally-listed endangered leatherback and green sea turtles and...
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National Key Deer Refuge
Description: Big Pine Key is the largest of the middle keys and the only one with a permanent source of fresh water. This mangrove-fringed island contains extensive areas of stunted pinewoods typical of the Keys, as well as areas of tropical hardwood hammock characterized by gumbo-limbo, poisonwood, and many other unusual species. Mudflats are exposed at low tide and provide feeding areas for wading birds, including roseate spoonbills. The diminutive, collie-sized Key deer feed along the edges of the roads.

Wildlife to Watch: Go 1.7 miles to Watson Boulevard. Endangered Key deer are most frequently sighted along this road in early evening. DO NOT FEED THE DEER. Blue Hole observation pool is located 1.25 miles farther north on Key Deer Boulevard. From the viewing platform at this old quarry, look for turtles, alligators, and fish.

Special Tips: The refuge office is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; brochures for Blue Hole and Watson trails available. Partial barrier-free access.

From U.S. Highway 1, turn north onto County Road 940 (Key Deer Boulevard). The refuge headquarters is in the Big Pine Shopping Center on the right.

Other Activities: The Jack C. Watson Wildlife Trail interprets local flora and begins 0.25 miles north of Blue Hole on Key Deer Boulevard.

Ownership: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Size: 8005 acres 
Closest Town: Big Pine Key

RestroomsParkingHikingHandicap Accessible

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Key Deer - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From U.S. Highway 1 on Big Pine Key, turn north onto County Road 940 (Key Deer Boulevard) and follow signs to the sites.

For more information call (305) 872-2239.

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National Key Deer Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area