How to Have the Best Time at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area

Casa Grandview Insider's GuideAre you looking for your next adventure? The J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area is perfect for explorers! This 60,348-acre preserve is one of the best places to see nature, untouched, in the area. From wildlife viewing to hiking trails to hunting, there’s something to entertain everyone at the Corbett Wildlife Management Area. Read on to discover how to enjoy a fantastic day in the wild! Then, access our West Palm Beach Insider’s Guide for more can’t-miss attractions in the area.


Your Trip to the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, Planned

What to Pack

  • Sunscreen — The Florida sun is strong! Even during the colder months, don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you go.
  • Boots — You won’t want to be traipsing through the tall grass in flip flops.
  • Bug spray — There are many swamps and grasslands in the wildlife area, making it the perfect home for bugs.
  • Map — Don’t get lost if you don’t have a strong cell signal.
  • Cash — There is a small admission fee to enter the preserve.
  • Camera — You’re going to see some beautiful nature scenes, and you won’t want to forget them!

What You’ll See

The J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area is home to a diverse array of wildlife. You’ll see a variety of wading birds, sandhill cranes, and woodpeckers. Otters, bobcats, deer, pigs, and indigo snakes have also made a home out of the preserve. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of an alligator swimming through the swamps. Beware!

What to Do

On top of wildlife watching, there are many other things to do in the wildlife area. During hunting season, the area is full of hunting buggies and dog hunting. Be sure to obtain the proper hunting license before your visit, and be aware that there are bigger crowds in the preserve during this time. The J.W. Corbett area is also a popular place for fishermen.

If you prefer, set out on one of the wildlife area’s trails for an afternoon of exploration. Hike through a cypress wetland on a boardwalk or take the rugged Ocean to Lake Trail for a real challenge. How will you spend your day here?

More Wildlife in West Palm Beach

If you love seeing wild animals up close, the West Palm Beach Zoo is the place for you! There are over 190 animal species at the zoo, including some that are endangered in the wild. Or, spend the day on a Lion Country Safari. This safari experience was the first drive-thru safari in America, and there’s a walk-through park to explore, too!

Stay at the Best Lodging in West Palm Beach

Library-Suite-BedroomAfter you’ve explored the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, head back to your room at West Palm Beach. Our Library Suite, located on the first floor of our historic 1925 inn, is adjacent to spacious common areas and the owner’s library. In the room, you’ll find a king bed, original oak floors, and sophisticated Moroccan-style furnishings. Lounge on the suite’s window seat, enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast every morning, and spend your days soaking up the sun. Your dream vacation to West Palm Beach awaits!

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