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Great trail. The bamboo forest is the main attraction. We walked the boundary trail which was a sandy, rut-filled path right along the border of the park, next to main roads noisy with traffic. The historic area and buildings proved to be interesting. But truly, the nature trail along the Estero River and through the bamboo forest is the highlight. It's a great trail, lots of shade, and fantastic sights.

Nice trail no shade. Close to residential so you will hear city noise at times. Very wet right now but nice area

Nice trails but you never feel like you are away from the city. Interesting historical landmark. Worth the trip and a nice place to walk/hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great place to bring the pooch.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great ride! Some points were impassable because of water but it poured all day yesterday. Rode 7 miles and had an awesome time. The swampier parts had some mosquitos but nothing to crazy.

hiking
muddy
washed out
6 months ago

great walking... my dogs love it. no shade, but still one of my favorite.

Really cool trail! Nice amount of shade and followed the river! The bamboo was the highlight of this trail but the historical parts were cool too

hiking
muddy
no shade
8 months ago

Went for the first time today, it was a good walk (mileage wise) it isn’t marked very well so you might get lost! Not very much shade, bring water and a good pair of sneakers because it was muddy and there are parts that you have to find a way around the water that goes through the path. Other than that I’d come back, I only did about 1/4 and walked down to the river with my dog

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

So This trail goes around the perimeter into the salt flats. It is completely underwater so I waded through ankle deep water scared of snakes and alligators but I kept going around. If you prefer to stay high and dry go to the right from the main entrance and head out the telephone pole trail. From there there are some side trails at connect back to that side of the main perimeter trail without going into the salt flats. I went running there yesterday and hit the water so it wasn’t very runnable but today staying right early morning I’d say is very runable. Saw ospreys.

This is one of my favs in swfl. Very little shade.

camping
11 months ago

This is a cool little trail with some cool views/viewing spots of the river. There is also a small “bamboo forest” that makes some really cool sounds when the wind blows. This trail isn’t much on its own, but is nice if you are camping here or want a warm/stretch after kayaking here at this park. Very light for all skill sets

hiking
Sun Aug 12 2018

Nice place bamboo plants all over

This one of my go to hikes. It’s not marked very well but you cannot really get lost. Not much shade, bring your water.

Boring trail for me. I also don’t think it’s moderate, more like Easy.

must have recently had a controlled burn.

running
Wed Feb 21 2018

It was pretty disappointing. Most of the trail was a boring dirt road through a flat area of scrub brush. There was an interesting part near the river, with lots of crabs scattering and mangroves. The trails were hardly marked and it was difficult to figure out which way I was going. I ended up only running 3 miles instead of 5. Basically I ended up hot, sweaty, and pissed off.

Came here with my son. Ice walk up near the river. The trail is pretty rustic. Good for running.

A trail you can bring your dog on. Hard to beat that. It otherwise would be a 3 or a 4.

paddle sports
Sat Aug 12 2017

Great place for a little hike, rent canoes or camp. lots of people on weekends for weddings and farmers market type events

hiking
Thu Feb 02 2017

Nice easy nature trail along the river. Plenty of wildlife.

i enjoyed it but my little dogs didn't. way to hot for them. we cut on walk short because no shade to take a break from the hot beaming Florida sun. leave dogs home unless it's during cooler weather. i am going to return with out the dogs for sure. i want to do entire trail. you have to pack a lot! of water. hydrate hydrate hydrate hydrate...wear a hat...n sunblock. also bring a fully charged cell phone just in case of emergency. you never know... other enjoy. it's quiet... peaceful n if you're in birds.... flowers...mud...sand... your going to enjoy your hike.

The hike is ok. Not too much to see. The scenery is a little redundant. This trail is not our favorite because of the amount of horse flies! Yikes!

Eat but fun

hiking
Sat Apr 25 2015

Very charming historical site. The natural trail is not that long, but there is plenty of wildlife. It is a great option for young children and the elderly. You can also kayak. The charm is really the old structures and welcome center with a documentary screening. Best time to go is early spring.

walking
Fri Jan 02 2015

Great little spot! The historic portion was neat, although not the main reason we went. The nature trail is short but you can see lots of little critters (we saw tons of butterflies, a snake, geckos, and a tortoise). We actually saw a lot of the staff and they were very helpful and informative. Cost is $5 for a car. Next time we'll rent a canoe ($5/hr, $25/day) - the Estero was calm and beautifully wooded in the area. Will definitely go back.

A great change from the beach and has an amazing historical site. The run/hiking area is a little over 2 miles but from what I could find used map my run app to track it. I would recommend this site for family or just a good little trail run. Great access to the Estero River, camping and kayaking or canoeing. $4 daily access to the park. Check the web for activities farmers markets, art shows etc.

hiking
Tue Apr 02 2013

This is an awesome nature trail with some history at the end, depending where you start. Good morning or afternoon light walk/hike.

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