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CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails

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Beautiful, peaceful - lots of gators!

I walked the whole 12.x mile loop, so my experience may have been different than other visitors... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Linda B
Portland, Oregon
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very green and beautiful it was a beautiful day for a long walk and path had a nice day with friemds

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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...more
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1295 Shady Hollow Blvd., Naples, FL 34120
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I walked the whole 12.x mile loop, so my experience may have been different than other visitors. Almost the entire trail is on a six-to-15-foot wide old rail bed with swamp on both sides. It’s really beautiful, very peaceful, but you need to be prepared...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very green and beautiful it was a beautiful day for a long walk and path had a nice day with friemds

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't want to give the great review it deserves because I really don't want the area to become over crowded with human interaction- thereby making the wildlife recede further from mankind. I selfishly want to tell you to not waste your time there, but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank brucegillikin
Reviewed 7 November 2018

As others have written, this hike is a journey into the Florida of old.....swampy land and lots of wildlife. Today we saw lots of little gators, great blue herons, snowy egrets, anhingas, red shouldered hawks, turtles. The path goes on for 12 miles but we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank njg191
Reviewed 6 October 2018

While visiting the Naples area, this trail was at the top of our must-do list. This is definitely Wild Florida at its best. We only hiked about 3 miles in then turned around. We saw cardinals, black vultures, turkey vultures, gnatcatchers, red shouldered hawks, turtles,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ColoradoDame
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

This is a wild place!!! Bring food and plenty of water for this hike. The first mile or two is easy, after that the grass is not kept down, so you need to be watching for the fire ant hills throughout and watching for snakes....More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Floridafossil2016
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

What a hidden gem! This trail is not for the weak hearted as you are walking through gators and plenty of other other wild life but an amazing experience. We took a quick hike in August, we turned right onto the boardwalk and then walked...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank nikitta28
Reviewed 24 August 2018

A few weeks ago, we were reading here about this trail and decided to visit this place - one of the best decisions we ever took. On the first part there were other people walking up and down the trail, some creating noise. But then...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Marcel S
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

If you’re interested in experiencing wilderness, far from traffic and development, this is a great place to go see snakes, alligators and birds of all sorts. I love the 13 mile trail which is best suites for bikes when the trail has been mowed. The...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank SpaceApe
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This was a fun hike! Saw plenty of baby gators but now mamas. Maybe that’s a great good thing. LOL. If you enjoy nature and the possibility of seeing some cool wildlife, I recommend this. Someone ahead of me on the trail actually saw a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Bob B
13 December 2018|
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Response from njg191 | Reviewed this property |
There was a turkey vulture watching over when we arrived. We attached plastic bags to the wipers and windows. We didn't have any damage. Hope you have the same experience and enjoy this wonderful park.
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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