Summary: A 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes visitors through several distinct habitats found within the 11,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, including the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in North America.
The different habitats are the Pine Flatwoods, Wet Prairie, Pond Cypress, Bald Cypress and Central Marsh.
Just at the beginning of the trail is a board with a pictoral display of all the wildlife seen that day by the volunteers. There is also a Wildlife checklist available in pdf format (needs Adobe Acrobat reader) at:
Water is necessary as with any hike, especially in Florida!
There is tons of wildlife here to see so enjoy!
Trailhead: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located northeast of Naples, Florida, in Collier County. It is at the end of Sanctuary Road West, off Immokalee Road (County Road 846), approximately 15 miles east of Exit 111 (Old 17) on I-75. Visible, brown informational signs near the Interstate exits and along Immokalee Road assist in finding the Sanctuary. Do NOT take Exit 123 (Old 19 -- Corkscrew Road)!!!
Year round access.
Adult: $ 10.00
Full-time college student with photo ID: $ 6.00
National Audubon Society member with ID card: $ 5.00
Student (6-18 years old): $ 4.00
Children under 6: free
Water is available to purchase at the Nature Store or you can bring your own (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).
http://www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/corkscrew/ (Lat:26.37563 Lon:-81.60371)
Trail Guides for Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Loop:
by M. Timothy OKeefe (Falcon Publishing)
FLORIDA BIRDS - AN INTRODUCTION TO FAMILIAR SPECIES
by James Kavanagh (Waterford Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - 239-348-9151
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Dean Traiger MD, who has posted 3 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by Darcy Jane on 7/17/2008
Beautiful - Great for an All-Round overview of the Natural Florida - esp. if unable to get down into the Everglades, This will cover nearly all of what's there. I actually walked this one with my mom, who was umm, maybe 65 or so at the time? And altho she said she'd had her fill of trails, this is one that is well worth the trip - for all ages. Lots of gators, and the safety of the elevated boardwalk make this one of my Best All-Time Winners : )
Reviewed by Sheryl on 11/28/2005
I have gone twice to Corkscrew Swamp. The first time was dry and I was able to see several gators in the mud. The second time, it was full of water. The highlight of that time was seeing a 'coon right near the walkway ahead of us. This is a very easy trail that a stroller or wheelchair can go on, and at one point, there's an overlook of the canopy. Very beautiful place that has so many animals and plants, I can't begin to tell about it. I go every time I'm able to get to the Naples area.
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