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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

 

Walking the 2.25 mile elevated boardwalk trail at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is not what it sounds like - tiring! It is instead a stroll through one of the most beautiful settings in Florida. Our wintertime walk provided an environment free of mosquitoes and other bugs, cool morning temperatures and just enough water in the water holes to create exquisite scenic pleasures. It was quiet, still and reminded us of a tabernacle of nature, a place to cleanse one's thoughts from the unpleasant consequences of cities and suburban life. Who would have thought, just a few miles east of Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida such natural wonders would exist!

 

Is this just another swamp walk? Well, while you might see alligators, otters, turtles and great looking wading and forest birds, thanks to the boardwalk and some higher ground, you won't have to get your feet wet! There's also some of the most beautiful, striking scenery imaginable and fascinating glimpses of life in the swamp. You'll hear new sounds and try to match them with your surroundings and when it's time for a rest, you can stop and sit at one of many overlooks.

 

Some of the cypress trees in this forest are so old that they might have served as shady spots for the early Spanish explorers who first ventured into the wilderness of Florida hundreds of years ago. Today, they are massive reminders of our legacy of the past and our commitment to conservation for the future. Rising sometimes to more than 100 feet from the floor of the swamp, the tall cypress furnish cover, nesting areas and homes to other plants and wildlife. Grassy plains and pine forests surround the locale and deer, bear, panther and bobcat have been spotted at the edges of the swamp, where it meets the prairie.

 

The physical structure of the boardwalk is top-notch and is kept in great shape, suitable even for wheelchair-bound patrons. An added bonus is the seemingly omnipresent volunteer staff of the Audubon Society, owner of the sanctuary, who will help with identification of wildlife or even suggestions for best experiences. There is an administrative section and gift shop at the main entrance as well as restroom facilities. Audubon members get a healthy discount off the entrance fee but the cost for this adventure is not beyond the budget-minded non-member. Whether you're a naturalist or wannabe, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary should be on your short list.

 

 

 

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Boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp

Boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp

 

Overlook at Corkscrew Swamp

Overlook at Corkscrew Swamp

 

The Cypress Forest at Corkscrew Swamp

The Cypress Forest

 

Red-Shouldered Hawk at Corkscrew Swamp

Red-Shouldered Hawk

 

Limkin at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Limkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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