Matanzas Pass Preserve, Fort Myers Beach
Matanzas Pass Preserve is nearly 60 acres of unspoiled sanctuary located one mile south of Matanzas Pass Bridge just off Estero Blvd. on Estero Island, within the Town of Ft. Myers Beach. The main entrance is on Bay Road located behind Beach Elementary School just beyond the Estero Island Historic Cottages. The Preserve offers 1.25 miles of trails that wind through the canopies of mangroves and an oak hammock. Take the time to rest under the pavilion as you take in a view of the Estero Bay. Watch for the plentiful wildlife and native plants as you enjoy an afternoon hiking in the Preserve. There is also a paddle craft landing that is part of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail so you can also paddle in and enjoy the preserve.Start your trip to Fort Myers Beach by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
Matanzas Pass Preserve Reviews
Parts were closed due to storm damage, so our walk was shorter than expected. Untouched by humans for the most part. more »
Trail includes boardwalk for wheel chair accessibility. Free to use and it provides an observation of flora and fauna. Trail takes hiker to a observation deck for viewing and fishing on Estero Bay. Ea... more »
A treasure on FMB for certain! As a full-time resident, I am very pleased that the Matanzas Pass Preserve was established because if you look around, there isn’t much of “wild” area around - which means the few places that are represent critical habitat for wildlife. The boardwalk meanders through a red mangrove strand and has interpretive signs throughout to gain some insight into what you are seeing. Like most beauty in Florida, it is subtle and only shows itself to those that wait and watch!!
Cool little nature park. Saw tons of little crabs and some snakes. Very nice boardwalk which is accessible for those that need it. Some other areas were a little muddy where they didn't have a walkway. Although they did have a large portion of the walkway closed, would've been nice to explore that part.
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