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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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Address: 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples, FL 34120
Phone Number: 12393489151
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7:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000 acre Preserve. The Sanctuary is open...

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000 acre Preserve. The Sanctuary is open daily from 7-5:30 with last admission at 4:30 pm. Visitors will find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back more than 500 years. A 2.25 mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. These impressive trees, relatives of the redwood, tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. Their massive branches are draped with mosses, lichens, bromeliads and ferns. The forest is also home to alligators, otters, white-tailed deer and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors and the fabulous Painted Bunting can be seen throughout the year. Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail.

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If you are looking to see some nature but you want don't want to hike the swamp then this is great for you. The whole area is on a boardwalk so you can see natural around you and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While I love to get some exercise outdoors, I'm not really a big fan of snakes and alligators. No surprises here-- what we mostly at the sanctuary were birds, snakes, gators and marshy, swampy foliage. There were no pretty flora or fauna to speak of, just a hot and humid amble through the swamp punctuated by a rattlesnake crossing our... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are looking to see some nature but you want don't want to hike the swamp then this is great for you. The whole area is on a boardwalk so you can see natural around you and you don't have to worry to much about critters being at your feet (you should still watch out, just to be safe).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Flat boardwalk through different types of landscape. Very knowledgeable helpers on the route round to help you enjoy the floa and fauna.

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Lake Champlain, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a fabulous resource for all! This place of great natural beauty will transport you to a place that we all need in today's world. The boardwalk takes you through several "rooms" of different habitats, with different vegetation. The cypress trees tower overhead, and you will realize how much of your soul has been taken to create shopping centers and... More 

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Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice meandering trail shows off the last of the giant tree forest in Florida. We saw many large birds, and gators with babies in tow.

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Touring the world
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible visit if you like to see im close view swamp eco system. At times we were on our own and was so still surrounded by nature. We met from time to time ver friendly Volunteers who enjoy their work and may post some photos of things they found that day for you to stop and see, incredible! Our ticket... More 

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Nome, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always enjoy coming here. Great little boardwalk that offers a cool and shady sojourn into the swamp environment. Lots to see on the easy walk there and back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are fortunate enough to live in Naples and have visited Corkscrew several times. Every visit is different to the last as the scenery, flora and fauna very with the season and water level. The sanctuary is very well set out and actually practice what they preach by having environmentally friendly facilities. The boardwalk itself is well constructed and easy... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely facility. There are many places to sit and enjoy the wildlife. There are many different species of birds and even small mammals. Be prepared for a long walk of about two miles but worth the walk. I have heard that there have been sightings of the florida panther in the swamp!

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Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Magnificent old cypress trees and one of the only places where one can see the rare and elusive ghost orchids. Native birds and other wildlife are also documented.This well maintained yet pristine sanctuary has knowledgeable and courteous volunteers. Two negatives ---The 2.25 mile Boardwalk is lacking in sufficient signage and comes from wood from the Brazilian rain forest.

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