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CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails

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1295 Shady Hollow Blvd., Naples, FL 34120
+1 239-657-2253
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Spectacular

We only walked here for a mile or 3 and back. The while tour is about 11 Miles. This is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
janvdc3
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Mortsel, Belgium
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Wonderful trails to walk or bike!

After reading the reviews about CREW we chose this to be the first place to explore in the Naples... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cynthia M
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Hereford, Pennsylvania, United States
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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We only walked here for a mile or 3 and back. The while tour is about 11 Miles. This is spectacular. We saw more alligators than we could count, in all sizes. Turtles, an owl, a small snake... Nature is breathtaking here. Take protection for...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading the reviews about CREW we chose this to be the first place to explore in the Naples area. We listened to the recommendations of others and took our walk in the morning while there was shade on the path. Going early also allowed...More

2  Thank Cynthia M
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

A friend and I took our bikes here and launched our adventure without too much forethought. Yes, I had a spare tire with me for my bike, a 24oz water bottle and we both had our helmets on. Halfway into the circuit, we found the...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Seeing the lands that are preserved was a great experience for us. We saw lots of wild flowers birds, alligators and untouched land. It was a good walk out to the preserve

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

What a lovely place to visit and take a nice long walk. You get to see alligators, big birds, eagles and hawks, and snakes and raccoons and many other animals. The walk is great and there are animals everywhere you look. If you want to...More

1  Thank Scott C
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

My sister lives close to this rookery, and she and her husband visit regularly for exercise and the natural beauty. We walked about 3/4 mile out and then back. I would wear tennis shoes or boots next time despite the heat. The first part of...More

4  Thank Anne F
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

CREW is a conservancy that is managed effciently and staffed by dedicated volunteers. You can see alligators and a variety of wild flowers, insects, birds, animals along the trail. With a few exceptions, the tours are FREE and a good way to learn what Florida...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

From the moment we parked the car, I was seeing wonderful birds alone the water way, and it only got better as we walked along the boardwalk. Loved that it wasn’t as crowded as Corkscrew which we did the day before. We have driven past...More

1  Thank Dorothy040205
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I hike here often and are never disappointed. It is not an area to take dogs or small children because of the alligators and snakes. Be careful to always stay on the trail because water moccasins are in the grass just off...More

2  Thank Kristinestravelpicks
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brendabF5647KF, General Manager at CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Kristine: We are pleased that you enjoy the CREW - Bird Rookery Swamp. We recently REOPENED the complete 12 mile trail to hikers and bikers. Some mowing still needs to be done. The damage caused by Hurricane Irma is still visible throughout the Swamp. Nature...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Sadly, many trees are down, and the alligator ponds are choked with tree branches. It was very hot. The trails are closed beyond the boardwalk. We didnt go the opposite way around, so do not know what it's like at marker #6. From marker #...More

3  Thank Lisa P
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brendabF5647KF, General Manager at CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

CREW - Bird Rookery Swamp is temporarily closed at the end of the boardwalk to repair the significant damages caused by Hurricane Irma. Contractors, staff and volunteers are working hard to restore the watershed and the trails. There are signs indicating that the trail is...More

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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
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