Explore the most popular walking 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.

Beautiful place ! Not as much wildlife this time as last due to high water levels. Cypress trees are amazing, 20 feet around,over 100 feet tall, 500 years old ! Enjoyable, easy walk in a beautiful setting.
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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

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

A nice relaxing walk usually ... but if it has been rainy make sure to wear LOTS of insect repellent, as the mosquitoes here seem to be extra bad. Don’t see wildlife very often but I usually go here for exercise rather than wildlife viewing.

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

hiking
3 months 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!

hiking
5 months ago

Abundant wildlife. Massive gators. Nice hike

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent trail - the observation tower makes journeying out here completely worthwhile. The bird watching is truly special, particularly at dusk. Often spot plenty of alligators too.

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

Alligators, birds and some Bear scat, interesting walk!

hiking
7 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/

Beautiful nature and lots of wildlife. We saw plenty of birds and gators and tracks of other animals in the mud. The water level was high and in some places you have to cross the trail in the water going above ankles. Very serene and plenty of flowers

nature trips
11 months ago

beautiful and clean. ♡

Nice boardwalk through the swamp. Tons of Naturalists along the way to point out plants and animals that you could miss along the way.

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.

walking
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It had a lot of plant life and a little wildlife like birds, snakes, raccoon, turtles and lizards. The wildlife was less prevalent if you walked through. You had to "mosey" around to see it. Boardwalk straight through so very easy.

walking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Beautiful and peaceful

walking
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Great. It was a really peaceful walk. Saw a lot of bugs and birds and a raccoon. No alligators tho :(

walking
Thursday, January 07, 2016

Beautiful. Natural.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Wonderful quiet today

walking
Monday, October 05, 2015

Took my 2-year-old daughter to do some birdwatching, as she is obsessed with birds. We were greeted in the parking lot by a 6' rattlesnake (!!!!!) and came across a raccoon, several different kinds of butterflies, an 8' alligator, a field of yellow wildflowers, and other gorgeous flora along the way. It was a bit windy for birds, according to the helpful gal in the gift shop. All in all a wonderful trip, even though my toddler wanted me to carry her 10 short minutes into our walk. Luckily the "trail" (boardwalk) was so easy, I had no problem carrying her on my shoulders the entire 5 miles, with a few stops here and there to gawk at wildlife :)
*Mom-Disclaimer* Loud noises are not conducive to experiencing the tranquility of the area, nor will you see anything, as the wildlife will be scared away by such disturbances. My daughter is unusually well behaved for her age and she understood that she needed to whisper and keep her voice down while on our walk. If your child has trouble with this, I would probably search for another spot for them!

nature trips
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Swamp is an easy and fun place for all ages. Lots of wildlife to enjoy, the guides are excellent and friendly. Most importantly, the Sanctuary is working diligently to save the Wood Storks. Also, you have to go there at night for the After Dark hikes. Bring a flashlight, of course.

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.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Great easy family walk. Lots of boardwalks.

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