1 month ago

Dogs are allowed here, they need to be on a leash.

Beautiful nature and lots of wildlife. We saw plenty of birds and gators and tracks of other animals in the mud. The water level was high and in some places you have to cross the trail in the water going above ankles. Very serene and plenty of flowers

hiking
6 months ago

Phone died from heat early on my 4 mile+ trek through the Marsh trails. The trails are flooded in some areas and you may have to wade through water up to knee height.

Nice boardwalk through the swamp. Tons of Naturalists along the way to point out plants and animals that you could miss along the way.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Could use a few more trail signs. Overall a great hike. I will be back!

walking
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It had a lot of plant life and a little wildlife like birds, snakes, raccoon, turtles and lizards. The wildlife was less prevalent if you walked through. You had to "mosey" around to see it. Boardwalk straight through so very easy.

walking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Beautiful and peaceful

walking
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Great. It was a really peaceful walk. Saw a lot of bugs and birds and a raccoon. No alligators tho :(

walking
Thursday, January 07, 2016

Beautiful. Natural.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Wonderful quiet today

walking
Monday, October 05, 2015

Took my 2-year-old daughter to do some birdwatching, as she is obsessed with birds. We were greeted in the parking lot by a 6' rattlesnake (!!!!!) and came across a raccoon, several different kinds of butterflies, an 8' alligator, a field of yellow wildflowers, and other gorgeous flora along the way. It was a bit windy for birds, according to the helpful gal in the gift shop. All in all a wonderful trip, even though my toddler wanted me to carry her 10 short minutes into our walk. Luckily the "trail" (boardwalk) was so easy, I had no problem carrying her on my shoulders the entire 5 miles, with a few stops here and there to gawk at wildlife :)
*Mom-Disclaimer* Loud noises are not conducive to experiencing the tranquility of the area, nor will you see anything, as the wildlife will be scared away by such disturbances. My daughter is unusually well behaved for her age and she understood that she needed to whisper and keep her voice down while on our walk. If your child has trouble with this, I would probably search for another spot for them!

nature trips
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Swamp is an easy and fun place for all ages. Lots of wildlife to enjoy, the guides are excellent and friendly. Most importantly, the Sanctuary is working diligently to save the Wood Storks. Also, you have to go there at night for the After Dark hikes. Bring a flashlight, of course.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Great easy family walk. Lots of boardwalks.

walking
Monday, December 29, 2014

Nice for a level leisurely walk on boardwalk. Saw 6 birds, a frog, 2 turtles and alligator. Next trip will be to Shark Valley

walking
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Great walk through varied terrain, just beautiful! Saw alligators, water moccasin, lots of water fowl, woodpeckers, turtles, air plants galore, and giant old cypresses. Also, there were almost no mosquitoes today. We will definitely be back!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

it was worth $12. neat vegetation beautiful trees. saw an alligator attempt to get a snake bird in a tree. even thou it was 60 degrees.

walking
Monday, September 16, 2013

This a great - must do - boardwalk trail in Southwest Florida. It's a great opportunity to see 'old Florida' preserved with a well balanced swamp / eco system. The walk is very easy although with a long and a short version. There are volunteer naturalists along the way as well as signs to point out items of interest. This is one of the few swamp areas in Florida where you might get to see one of the famous ghost orchids.

I would recommend that people walk this trail quietly and talk very little and in a low voice. You are intruding into a wild neighborhood. Loud talking and noise will cause the wildlife to hunker down and you will miss them. So proceed quietly, look carefully above, below and all around and you will be amazed at the things you see.

I mentioned that this is a very well balanced eco system so you will not encounter a lot of insects and mosquitos. You will see different things in different seasons, so it is a great place for a pleasant walk any time of the year. Oh - don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera.

hiking
Monday, December 17, 2012

We completed the trail mid Dec. Its an easy 2.25 miles on boardwalk great for first timers and kids. You can rent binoculars. This was our second time on it, the first time was in 2009 went to see the Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) that bloomed around April, been that its a rare event considering how rare these orchids are it was a most see event. This year we saw other wild life (alligators, Red-shouldered hawks, river otters, Squirrels, Brown Anole). by the look of things they had done a controled burn a couple of month earlier so some areas didn't look good.

walking
Friday, January 20, 2012

We went here the 1st of the year and had a great day. The boardwalk was an easy 2.25 mile walk. The weather was great and and had a good time seeing the oldest Bald Cypress forest in the United States. Saw lots of animals and learned a lot about Florida wildlife. We enjoyed it so much that we joined the Audubon Society there; so will be going back throughout the year to see the seasons change and take pictures.

walking
Friday, August 12, 2011

This is a great hike for a family, or even solo. The boardwalk makes it possible to take my 4 kids (under 9yo) on my own, and show them several ecosystem features. Alligators, hummingbirds, owls, but also the ghost orchid, armadillos, insects & spiders have captivated us on this walk. Twice this summer, we found it almost free of mosquitos (7-10am) especially compared to Big Cypress & Fakahatchee nearby.

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