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.

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

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!

hiking
4 months ago

Abundant wildlife. Massive gators. Nice hike

hiking
4 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
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/

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
9 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.

walking
Monday, December 29, 2014

Nice for a level leisurely walk on boardwalk. Saw 6 birds, a frog, 2 turtles and alligator. Next trip will be to Shark Valley

walking
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Great walk through varied terrain, just beautiful! Saw alligators, water moccasin, lots of water fowl, woodpeckers, turtles, air plants galore, and giant old cypresses. Also, there were almost no mosquitoes today. We will definitely be back!

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.

walking
Monday, September 16, 2013

This a great - must do - boardwalk trail in Southwest Florida. It's a great opportunity to see 'old Florida' preserved with a well balanced swamp / eco system. The walk is very easy although with a long and a short version. There are volunteer naturalists along the way as well as signs to point out items of interest. This is one of the few swamp areas in Florida where you might get to see one of the famous ghost orchids.

I would recommend that people walk this trail quietly and talk very little and in a low voice. You are intruding into a wild neighborhood. Loud talking and noise will cause the wildlife to hunker down and you will miss them. So proceed quietly, look carefully above, below and all around and you will be amazed at the things you see.

I mentioned that this is a very well balanced eco system so you will not encounter a lot of insects and mosquitos. You will see different things in different seasons, so it is a great place for a pleasant walk any time of the year. Oh - don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera.

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