Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve Trail

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Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cape Coral, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.7 miles
3 feet

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

A winding boardwalk through spreading mangroves along the river. The winding boardwalk gives you the best view of the spreading mangroves and a chance to view some of the natural life that lives along the river. For adventurers there is canoe and kayak rental to allow you to get closer to nature.The park contains 365 acres of red, black and white mangroves along with large open areas of marshlands. There are 5000 ft. of shoreline on the Caloosahatchee River and small tidal streams meander into the interior. Wildlife that may be seen include various herons and egrets, otters, raccoons, woodpeckers, and migratory birds. Infrequent visitors include alligators, osprey, anhingas, cormorants, white ibis and ducks. The tidal creeks are home to many small fish and the young of our game fish species, which take shelter in the mangroves and marshes to escape predators and find food. In this way saltwater wetlands are vitally important in acting as nurseries for our fish and shellfish.

25 days ago

Nice peaceful trail.

1 month ago

I've been going to this part for over 14 years even when I was pregnant with my two kids it's a beautiful peaceful walk through a shady mango Trail with plenty of seating areas yes during the winter it is a lot more Scenic with flowers and growth due to Florida blooms during the winter yes the summer days are hot but there is a lot of shade on the trails if you don't want to walk the trail you can always rent a kayak that is right there and they will give you info to go through the whole Four Mile Cove it is a bit of a challenge due to that one part you get to this secret hidden Trail and you drag your kayaks I believe 800 feet its not much really not and it can take you all the way out to the river you also pass what we call the bird sanctuaries that our house like platforms on the water you can have lunch chill out have fun with the kids. go fishing and if you stay long enough you will eventually see the wildlife in emerge I've seen dolphin otters raccoons end of countless Birds and of course the Florida Gators Bountiful of fish in the area I have two beautiful girls and they absolutely love going on these trails with me and kayaking but we also can't forget the great monument that was dedicated to our freedom and a nice sweet history and dedicated names of our standing Heroes I heard you to actually taken all what you can yes come prepared with bug spray if need be during summer months but definitely a wonderful place to go

3 months ago

Tons of mosquitos make sure you come prepared but it is a beautiful walk, lots to see.

5 months ago

It was nice to try once.

9 months ago

Nice boardwalk... just a note. No Jogging allowed. Fairly well traveled, pleasant walk.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Boardwalk through mangroves.Not much to see until at the piers that over look the river

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The only thought that came to mind during my walk was "one can really breathe out here"

Friday, September 09, 2016

Not much to see. Maybe in the winter time there will be more animals. They do need to clean up some of the trash that comes in.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

It is a nice trail. It was a hot day today but there was plenty of shade from the trees. Definitely worth coming here again.

nature trips
Monday, May 30, 2016

Took a walk on Memorial Day morning, just after sunrise. I must have been the first one into the Preserve area, took advantage of a quiet walk. Being new in Florida, it's wonderful to be able to learn and visualize factors of the local ecosystem by visiting in parks and preserves such as this one.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Decent hike through the mangroves on a man made path. Did this on Thanksgiving morning when it was cool. Wouldn't want to do it in the dead of summer with the standing water and all the mosquitoes. Had a couple of piers built to walk out into the inlets on the river.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Easy and fun trail to walk along a boardwalk. Some nature but beautiful views of the river as well. Lots of shade and benches along the walk. Lots of site marks with information mainly about the trees but also some wildlife.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

great hike along a wonderful boardwalk. clearer trail marking would helped. hiked with my 83 year old mom and she was able to navigate with problem. thanks for appropriately placed benches and good interpretive signage.

nature trips
Friday, June 08, 2012

very peaceful.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Outstanding boardwalk through mangroves.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

paddle sports
Sunday, March 27, 2016