Looking for a great trail near Fort Myers, Florida? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, kid friendly trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in J N Darling National Wildlife Refuge, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Jerry Brooks Park or Lake Regional Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Fort Myers ranging from 1.3 to 13 miles and from 0 to 22 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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We love walking the trails at this park. Saw two alligators, a great blue heron who was kind enough to pose for pictures, ospreys, cormorants (I got a lucky photo of 2 cormorants fighting over a fish), and more.

Really nice trek on a boardwalk over wetlands.

3 months ago

Lakes Park is a nice Urban Park and Wildlife area - the trail system is more extensive than the trail highlighted on the map here. Great area for bird and other wildlife viewing- flat paved and some gravel trails. Fairly well maintained- while focus of the park includes picnic and kids play areas it also includes native plants and interpretive panels (many in bad shape and need updating)

3 months ago

Easy walk quite a lot of it is paved.

4 months ago

Went here with friends very fun if you want to go bird watching. Lots of fallen down trees. But there are many types of animal prints in the mud.

This is a must-do. Go early, alligators usually hang by the first stop. I’ve also seen wild pigs and armadillos. The trees are gorgeous.

Beautiful! Saw alligators, turtles, white ibis, many other birds, a cottonmouth snake. Very enjoyable!!

Nice secluded trail. Not very scenic but enjoyed being the only ones. Several people with horses on the horse trail. Partial sun. Ground rooted and uneven. Hiking boots help.

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5 months ago

Beautiful and very nicely maintained trails! I love the boardwalks and quiet surroundings. There were a lot of people but it was never loud or obnoxious. Everyone seemed pretty respectful of one another and of the natural beauty of the place. Just what I needed to unwind! I saw quite a few wheelchairs and walkers too, so I’d say it’s accessible to all. There was one section that was closed but I think it’s temporary due to damage done by Hurricane Irma. That didn’t detract from the quality of the experience at all, however. I saw two alligators, lots of turtles, and so many awesome bird species! Check it out!

Great boardwalks that take you through many different areas. Saw anhingas, crocodile, turtles, snakes and many other birds. Very enjoyable!

6 months ago

Description misleading. The 13 mile trail is not for hiking - only by canoe or kayak on the river. Staff gets questioned about this a lot, but knows of no hiking trail. Great for manatee viewing though

I go there frequently and no matter the time of day I always see wildlife. It is shaded so perfect for hot days.

Nice easy walk . Plenty to see birds , alligators and nature. Friendly people.

Loved this boardwalk! Easy walk with lots to see.... gators, turtles, birds. Only complaint is the boardwalk is not very wide so it got a little tricky to maneuver pass wheelchairs.

9 months ago

No dogs? No wonder I don’t live in FL.

9 months ago

This is an awesome Fort Myers Gem! Perfect place to come “stretch” your legs with a nice light walk through nature. There a some great views of different lakes, with plenty of seating areas to view and enjoy. The whole “trail” is on a boardwalk so it is flat, but can be a little slippery when it’s wet. I’ve seen alligators, tons of birds, hogs, squirrels, and turtles here! Closes at dark

There are two very similar areas here. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve which is much different then the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve NORTH area. The main slough preserve does have boardwalks, is shaded and has facilities. This is not the case with the North area. Trail is not maintained, infrequent blazes and 50% shade. Much more secluded though. We met one couple at the trail head as we were starting. They turned around and left before leaving the trail head. Visited in late September and of course we slogged through water 50% of the time. Fun for an adventure, but not for the family.

This is a great walkway. It is a board walk way with many look out spots. I saw 3 turtles and a number of butterflies. It is mostly shaded, so it's not too bad in the heat. A very nice place!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Nice walk, wheelchair and stroller accessible. Bathrooms only available at the start of the hike. Don't go during a drought. The water will be very low and dead fish will stink up the pond areas. Otherwise this is a great hike through beautiful Florida foliage.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

My husband and I visited this park Aug 2018. Although we didn’t see any wildlife, except two turtles, it was a peaceful and enjoyable nature walk. Mostly all shaded. All wooded boardwalk. Note that no pets allowed and no jogging on boardwalk.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A boardwalk not a trail, nice scenery. However jogging is not permitted.

bird watching
Monday, July 23, 2018

Very pretty park, and a convenient way to experience a Cypress swamp.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nice place lots of wildlife

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Only downside was right on noisy parkway.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

This trail doesn't exist. The trail system isn't maintained. We walked around the FGCU campus for 3 miles.

trail running
Friday, December 29, 2017

Love the trail. Ran with it 3 times. Lots to see beautiful scenery.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Easy walk.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Definitely a trail you need to take your time on. You can walk it in 30+ mins easily but miss some really amazing sites.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Park is closed by the Park District, October 21st 2017. Sign says: Facility Closed.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Simple boardwalk walk. Normally can see a few gators and if early enough a wild hog or 2.

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