Meet field trip leader Matt Bruce for a walk along the Levy Lake dike trail at Barr Hammock Preserve. You’ll have the option to walk the whole 6.5-mile loop, but Matt will announce a good turn-around point for those who don’t want to go the whole way. We’ll be birding marsh, wet prairie, and woodland edges in search of wintering warblers, wrens, and sparrows.
To reach the trailhead, drive south from Gainesville on US-441. Across from Lake Wauberg, turn right onto Wacahoota Rd. (County Road 18). Go roughly half a mile and, just after the I-75 overpass, turn left on SE 11th Dr. and continue all the way down to the parking area.
Difficulty: 1, 2, or 3, depending on how far you walk.