J.N. "Ding" Darling Wilderness
The J.N. "Ding" Darling Wilderness is part of the 111 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness"
as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964
. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques
when visiting the J.N. "Ding" Darling Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
Most of the Wilderness is open to motor boats at slow speed, but a portion of the Wilderness around Wildlife Drive is closed to all motors. Once in this part of the Wilderness, motors (including trolling motors) must be turned off and tilted out of the water.