My wife and I had been to Bird Rookery Swamp Trails on our own several times before and loved the peaceful wilderness there, often being the only car in the parking lot. Our one doubt was what to do if an alligator blocked the trail between us and the parking lot, as had happened to someone we met last year, so we had not been very adventurous. We decided to book on this free tour (optional donations) in order to have an expert's advice, and learn more about the area. George Luther was our guide, he is engaging, humorous and very informative, but happy to get information from the visitors about particular wildlife they may know more about. In his words, we know a little about a lot of things around here, but you may know more about something specific.
The guided tour lasted about 2.5 hours, we did not walk any further than we had previously on our own, because we and the other visitors asked so many questions.
We now feel much more confident about returning on our own and walking further. With a big stick! Apparently the bigger risk is ants (if you happen to stand still on an anthill) and water mocassins.
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