Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Naples with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is open again

Went in March and there weren’t any mosquitos. This trail is interesting. It’s an out and back with a loop in the middle. It crosses train tracks and has a couple of bridges. Mostly covered though a small portion is open. I would imagine this trail wouldn’t be good for trail running because majority of the trail ground has unearthed tree roots. Kid friendly. Brought my 3 and 4 year old and they did okay.

Great palms & not much people

I just spoke to a ranger at the park. The trail is closed at this time due to a large wildfire in the Picayune State Forest nearby, and only about 2 miles of trail are open, due to hurricane damage from Irma, and there is no timeline of when the trail will be restored.

A nice little gem of a trail... well maintained and clean. A little of everything to see along the way. Quiet and peaceful. Will be going again!

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

Alligators, birds and some Bear scat, interesting walk!

hiking
5 months ago

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/

walking
8 months ago

With very nice board walks and an abundance of wildlife, this is a great place to walk, bike, or jog.

trail running
9 months ago

Great place to jog. A lot of people bring dogs. Nice scenic spot in the middle of town.

nature trips
9 months ago

beautiful and clean. ♡

walking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

For walking, don't bother with the southern end (the end adjoining the airport). The southern end would be fine for biking, but there's no nearby parking. Instead, if you're looking for a hike, go to the northern end, just off of Golden Gate Parkway. There you'll find a decent walk on a wide paved path. Better yet is the short boardwalk at the northern end.

Bring your bug sray. mosquitoes galore. Just ok. No wildlife.

not much to see today just a leisurely walk. Not a very Scenic Trail.

hiking
Thursday, March 02, 2017

I remember lots of mosquitoes any time you got in the shade.
And collecting wild air plants.

So many mosquitoes! Besides that it was beautiful.

nature trips
Saturday, February 07, 2015

I was out here with the research center trawling and collecting specimens. This area is so unique and beautiful. There were dolphins, birds of prey, and many other wonders of wildlife everywhere in the bay. Loved my time here

paddle sports
Monday, January 05, 2015

We rented a canoe and paddled around the river and inland waterways at Rookery bay. Scenic and relaxing, we saw lots of wildlife on our tour.

It was ok. The trail was Not clearly marked. Still not sure if we biked the whole thing or if we missed a part if it. You have to go to the State park entrance and pay $5 for a parking tag then, the park ranger will tell you how to get there.

Be sure to avoid this trail in the rainy season or after a storm. Bring bug spray, it's a swamp walk. It's alright. It's a good trail to just day hike or to build up for a harder trail.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2011

We have hiked this trail twice now. The first time was January 1, 2011. The trail had been overgrown and VERY difficult to navigate. The "map" given at the ranger's station was inadequate to say the least.
We are 4 moderately experienced hikers and this took us 6 hrs to walk, stumble, crawl, and fall down. We agreed that this was one of the most difficult trails that we had been on. The reviews say that this is easy it needs to be bumped up.
The ranger told us the a team that takes care of clearing and marking it was snowed in and didn't make it down.
Now, 11 months, and some days, we went back. The team still had not shown up and it was worse. We did half the trail (the upland pine Forrest) in 2 hours. But still had to hack and find our way.

This would be a great adventure for anyone of moderate or better experience. But do not take a novice and make sure up bring plenty of water and bug repellent as both are just as vital as for getting you out!!

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