Bird Rookery Swamp is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Naples, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
55 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

1295 Shady Hollow Boulevard, Naples, FL 34120

17 days ago

No alligators. Very little wildlife. The area is heavily populated with bicyclists who are friendly but overrepresented. I imagine they scare away any wildlife present.
I recommend this for cyclists not hikers.

17 days ago

Have done all 12 miles 2x. Each time saw a lot of gators, 3-12ft. Bigger ones in far back. A lot of vultures, and a couple cottonmouths. Depends on time of year you go. A lot of flowers and birds in rainy season. More gators in dry cooler season. Out in sun on edge of water. Bring plastic bags for windshield wipers and rubber trim on windows. The vultures eat rubber. Not a lot of cell service, and sometimes only a couple of feet to walk by a large gator. It’s a very nervous and exhilarating feeling.

hiking
19 days ago

We hiked the whole 12 mile loop. The trail starts off as a gravel road and then turns into a board walk for about half a mile. The rest of the trail is dirt so it will be muddy if it rained recently. The first mile was leisurely with several people walking slowly and quietly taking in the surroundings while keeping a careful eye out to spot any wildlife. We encountered only a couple of other people after this first mile so it became very deserted. There were alligators everywhere! There were many baby alligators as well as many huge alligators! Beware that many of them were laying right on the trail and we had to cautiously get past them. I have never had such close encounters with huge adult alligators in the wild before. This is not a trail for young children or dogs if you intend to hike further than two miles in . Altogether we we saw many egrets and herons, a hawk, many turtles, a raccoon, and of course many alligators!

1 month ago

Lots of gators and a few snakes. The grass was very tall making it hard to spot the snakes but saw lots of wildlife.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is pretty amazing and absolutely brimming with alligators. I mean, they are ALL over the place. Many of them will be sunning right by the banks, or sometimes right smack in the middle of your path. The only way to keep going is to inch your way slowly by them. We brought our two dogs along for this adventure, which I regretted less than half way through when we encountered a large female gator blocking most of the path. We later learned from a park ranger that she is blind in one eye and shes been around the park for years. We didn't feel very safe crossing in front of her with the dogs, so at this point we turned and came back from where we came. That said, I'd love to come back and complete this hike without having to worry about my doggos becoming gator lunch!

hiking
5 months ago

Swamp is the operative word. Frequently, swamp on both sides of the trail. Alligators everywhere--some huge. We counted 33 in the 12 mile loop--11 were on the trail! The only way to get around them is to walk right next to them---I'm really not sure how safe that is

nature trips
5 months ago

Love the distance and ability to walk or ride bike. Beautiful and relaxing with wildlife and flowering plants. Gorgeous cypresses and yes saw lots of baby alligators.

6 months ago

Great for seeing wildlife.... especially in the months of January thru May.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Nice trail for biking, lots of alligators. Beginning of trail is a bit traveled.

7 months ago

did the whole loop today, saw a big beautiful mama bear with two tiny weenie cubs watched and followed them with caution for about ten minutes, also saw a mama deer with fawn and of course lots of gator, on would not let us pass, and yet another was exstreemly large, this guy could easily have eaton a cow, purtty scary fellow

7 months ago

went out an back with friends that were recovering from sergury, saw deer gators snake and lots of hawks, good time

hiking
7 months ago

Didn’t hike
Closed until June 2, 2018 for construction sign said.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail is open again

Monday, January 08, 2018

The trail is closed at the end of the boardwalk due to maintenance. Beautiful area.

hiking
Monday, December 11, 2017

Bird Rookery is a 12 mile round trip trail. Bikes and dogs are allowed. Sharing the trail with various snakes and Alligators are common. Lots of opportunities for wildlife sightings and photography. The trail is easiest in the winter when the water is lower. There are no fences or boardwalks (aside from a short section near the start) separating you from the wildlife. In the summer the trails are prone to flooding but are still open to visitors.

https://www.crewtrust.org/2013/06/26/bird-rookery-swamp-trail/

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