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CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails

#18 of 124 things to do in Naples Features Animals
1295 Shady Hollow Blvd., Naples, FL 34120
+1 239-657-2253
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Understanding the History of Naples

A guided tour and video leave you knowing how Naples became the treasure of southwest Florida and... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Take bug spray and nerves of steel

On more than 7,000 acres of protected land, we expected to see birds and gators, maybe even a few... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Janice B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail officially opened in July 2011. The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail offer 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, including an 1800-ft. boardwalk with wheelchair accessibility. A 1/4-mile crushed shell path leads to an 1800-foot boardwalk, then the trails become ground level, sandy/grassy relatively flat berms with swamp on both sides. The trails are actually old tram roads used when the area was logged many years ago. Biking can be a challenge on the grassy/sandy trails, but quite rewarding. The maple-cypress swamp is home to alligators, otters, Florida panthers, bobcats, white-tailed deer and more. There is one port-o-potty at the beginning of the boardwalk and several benches along the trail within the first 1.5 miles. Beyond that there are no structures. Birders will delight in the abundance of songbirds that frequent the cypress trees along the boardwalk, as well as the many raptors and wading birds found along the trails. Barred owls are common and swallow-tailed kites frequent the area in summer.
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1295 Shady Hollow Blvd., Naples, FL 34120
+1 239-657-2253
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

A guided tour and video leave you knowing how Naples became the treasure of southwest Florida and feeling acquainted with the families responsible for it..

1  Thank travelefun
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

On more than 7,000 acres of protected land, we expected to see birds and gators, maybe even a few crossing the trail, but we did not expect to see HUNDREDS of them, in all sizes from scary-movie-this-can't-be-real size to six inch long babies that make...More

2  Thank Janice B
Reviewed 29 April 2017

These trails are for the nature lover! I was blessed to have a wonderful morning with one of their volunteer 'Wednesday Walk" guides. George did an amazing job of sharing his knowledge of the history of the area, the wildlife, and vegetation. If you visit,...More

Thank wildcat10
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We read the reviews yet still did not know what to expect. Yes there are vultures and they are noisy and something smellled at the commencement of the walk. Be sure to continue beyond the wooden walkway. The grass trails are a reprieve from the...More

1  Thank DebSeoul
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We had a great time hiking here! We saw so many birds (vultures mostly), racoons, turtles... and too many alligators to count. They were out in full force today, and for the most part were not a problem. We were planning on the full loop...More

Thank Debra R
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

My brother and I hiked this trail together . Although he did the entire trail alone previously, we only went about 3 miles in , but still encountered over 30 alligators along the way . The trail can be challenging at times when you come...More

1  Thank FloridaVacation_Gal
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This 14 mile trail system is great for walkers, hikers and bikers. This has been my most favorite hike in the Naples area to date. Loved the well maintained trails. Not many visitors there during the week so it was perfect! There is no lack...More

1  Thank peacejen63
Reviewed 12 April 2017

If the best things in life are free, then this free trail is one terrific example of that adage. I've seen this area go from the "best kept secret" trail in Southwest Florida to one that is extremely popular, especially during the winter tourist season....More

Thank JEddleman
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Luckily we were told about this wonderful place because we didn't know it existed. We saw birds, turtles, alligators with babies, and more on this self-guided tour around the trail. It's made up of elevated boardwalk and at-grade paths. The best sightings were found around...More

1  Thank Lois V
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This place is amazing! We walked the whole 12 miles and it took us about 5 hours as there was so much to see and so many photo opportunities. Alligators were everywhere, often lying right over the trails but we soon got the hang of...More

Thank barbara s
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15 August 2016|
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Response from susanj6272016 | Reviewed this property |
The Corkscrew part of this sanctuary has a beautiful raised boardwalk right through the middle of the old growth cypress trees. It is the only original collection of these Old Cyprus trees in the US (maybe even the world... More
Kris R
13 April 2015|
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Response from tlcrockett2323 | Reviewed this property |
No cost and worth the drive