Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Naples, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round.
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.
Beautiful and peaceful
Great. It was a really peaceful walk. Saw a lot of bugs and birds and a raccoon. No alligators tho :(
Wonderful quiet today
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!
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.
Great easy family walk. Lots of boardwalks.
Nice for a level leisurely walk on boardwalk. Saw 6 birds, a frog, 2 turtles and alligator. Next trip will be to Shark Valley
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!
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.
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.