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“One great morning”

CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails
Ranked #18 of 126 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail officially opened in July 2011. The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail offer 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, including an 1800-ft. boardwalk with wheelchair accessibility. A 1/4-mile crushed shell path leads to an 1800-foot boardwalk, then the trails become ground level, sandy/grassy relatively flat berms with swamp on both sides. The trails are actually old tram roads used when the area was logged many years ago. Biking can be a challenge on the grassy/sandy trails, but quite rewarding. The maple-cypress swamp is home to alligators, otters, Florida panthers, bobcats, white-tailed deer and more. There is one port-o-potty at the beginning of the boardwalk and several benches along the trail within the first 1.5 miles. Beyond that there are no structures. Birders will delight in the abundance of songbirds that frequent the cypress trees along the boardwalk, as well as the many raptors and wading birds found along the trails. Barred owls are common and swallow-tailed kites frequent the area in summer.
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Took the walking tour with George... We saw some wonderful and amazing wildlife here... A nursery for alligators is right by the parking lot! 60 + babie and an 8 foot mama just enjoying the warm weather. A glimpse into what "natural" Florida has to offer is all right here. Highly recommend you take this easy, 2 mile walk. FREE!!!!

3  Thank Pat S
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

There are three areas to hike-check out the web site. We saw tons of gators, some snakes, raccoons, turtles, hawks and other birds. You never know when you are going to come upon a gator. We scared several that were in the grass and fortunately they bolted for the water. Many times you were just a few feet from the gators. It was during hatching season so in the pools we saw hundreds of young gators. Parts of the trail were a little scary because you did not know what was in the weeds just ahead of you or to the sides. We discovered this at the end of our stay or we would have gone back.

3  Thank EdHe
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

George, our wonderful guide, brought the 2-1/2 hour tour through the swamp to life. His encyclopedic knowledge of the plants, animals, birds and history of the area were impressive. His obvious love and enthusiasm for the area made it a terrific experience. Raised trails and boardwalk made it easy to negotiate.

2  Thank Horseman281
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is a wonderful place to enjoy nature while in Naples, Florida. On one recent visit I spotted alligators, raccoon, bobcat, snakes, and many, many birds. You can walk, run, bike, even bring your dog on leash. Great for the whole family.

4  Thank ChristineCitrano
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

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.

4  Thank Rick C
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