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CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails

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1295 Shady Hollow Blvd., Naples, FL 34120
+1 239-657-2253
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Not a lot of shade

Sadly, many trees are down, and the alligator ponds are choked with tree branches. It was very hot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisa P
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Old Naples Nature at it's Best

If you really enjoy "Nature" and natural experiences, this is the place to visit. No frills, you... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
designsdefined
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Naples, Florida
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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.
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1295 Shady Hollow Blvd., Naples, FL 34120
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sadly, many trees are down, and the alligator ponds are choked with tree branches. It was very hot. The trails are closed beyond the boardwalk. We didnt go the opposite way around, so do not know what it's like at marker #6. From marker #...More

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brendabF5647KF, General Manager at CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

CREW - Bird Rookery Swamp is temporarily closed at the end of the boardwalk to repair the significant damages caused by Hurricane Irma. Contractors, staff and volunteers are working hard to restore the watershed and the trails. There are signs indicating that the trail is...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

If you really enjoy "Nature" and natural experiences, this is the place to visit. No frills, you are on your own walking thru the paths. Can't get any closer to all the natural plants, animals and of course the Alligators......It is quite the experience, thrilling...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This was one of my favorite places when it first opened. You could walk the trails without encountering but a couple like-minded nature seekers. Now it seems to be a popular trail for more recreational hikers. That being said, if you arrive at sunrise and...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

This is one of our favorite places to go for an early morning walk & birdwatching. If you get there early (before 9am) you’ll be ssure to see a variety of water birds and also alligators. There is a boardwalk that is about 1/4 of...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2017

After reading all of the amazing reviews, I was very excited to visit with my family. However, when we visited today, we saw a total of one baby alligator, two birds, and a small turtle. All of the pictures posted boast a plethora of creatures...More

1  Thank Anastasiya L
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brendabF5647KF, BRS maintainer at CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Hi Anastasiya: Thank you for visiting CREW Bird Rookery Swamp. We are sorry that you were disappointed with your family outing. As you noted in your review, those who have gone before you have raved about the natural environment and wildlife that we have preserved...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

A guided tour and video leave you knowing how Naples became the treasure of southwest Florida and feeling acquainted with the families responsible for it..

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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

On more than 7,000 acres of protected land, we expected to see birds and gators, maybe even a few crossing the trail, but we did not expect to see HUNDREDS of them, in all sizes from scary-movie-this-can't-be-real size to six inch long babies that make...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2017

These trails are for the nature lover! I was blessed to have a wonderful morning with one of their volunteer 'Wednesday Walk" guides. George did an amazing job of sharing his knowledge of the history of the area, the wildlife, and vegetation. If you visit,...More

1  Thank wildcat10
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

We read the reviews yet still did not know what to expect. Yes there are vultures and they are noisy and something smellled at the commencement of the walk. Be sure to continue beyond the wooden walkway. The grass trails are a reprieve from the...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2017

We had a great time hiking here! We saw so many birds (vultures mostly), racoons, turtles... and too many alligators to count. They were out in full force today, and for the most part were not a problem. We were planning on the full loop...More

1  Thank Debra R
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Response from susanj6272016 | Reviewed this property |
The Corkscrew part of this sanctuary has a beautiful raised boardwalk right through the middle of the old growth cypress trees. It is the only original collection of these Old Cyprus trees in the US (maybe even the world... More
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