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J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

Explore part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems with your pup on the Wildlife Drive through the J.N. Ding Darling. Dogs are welcome on the Wildlife Drive when kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Visit Website

Or call (239) 472-1100 or email dingdarling@fws.gov for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 2 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Sheryl
    More than a year ago
    Drive thru park

    Sadie, black mouth cue, loved the ride. We had both back windows down. Took drive after supper and a rain storm. She would boba k and forth between each window during the 4 mile ride. We drove less than 5 mph. Stopping any time we wanted. They ask you to pull over to the right, if stopping, so other can pass you. You can get out of car at any time. Sadie could not stop going from one side to the other looking at birds and trying to see what was jumping out of the water. Great exercise for her, and we just sat in the front seat enjoying nature. At one time, birds were walking on the road and she just looked, smelling the air. Great drive.

  • Karyn
    More than a year ago
    Great Park

    We've brought our beagle here twice. He loves all of the smells throughout the 4 mile loop we hike.

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