Bird Rookery Swamp, Naples

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  • We decided to visit here after going to corkscrew sanctuary. We only did 3 miles of the 12 miles hike but saw two alligators, red bellied turtles and many birds. There porto loos here which aren’t too...  more »
  • The trail and parking are free but there is a gift box. No facilities, not even garbage cans. Just two mobile toilets for emergencies. Take empty plastic bags to protect the rubber from the cars as the birds can Peck them. We went to this reserve on foot. Given the magnitude of the trail, we only went to point 3 (1h45 round trip, with a few stops and a good rhythm) we saw birds and little alligators. We came back the next morning by bike. We did all the loop (+/-3h with short pauses and stop for the photos). It was great although a little stressful at first because alligators are sometimes very close to the path, see on!). We've seen lots of alligators, including about 10 huge, turtles, birds of all kinds and two Biches. There are few people on trail c is really quiet. I highly recommend the tour by bike.
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  • This is a beautiful, mostly shaded trail with lots of wildlife. I encountered a variety of birds, alligators (mostly small--besides the one lounging on the trail that I had to walk around!) and a raccoon. I hiked the entire trail, but didn't see other humans after about the first third. The beginning of the trail was very busy and the parking lot was full when I arrived, but I was able to park along the roadside. It took me 4 hours and 16 minutes to complete the hike with no stops besides snapping a photo here and there. The huge mistake I made was starting at 3:07pm. Daylight saving time was not in effect, so the sun went down before 6 and I wound up hiking 1 hour and 23 minutes in the dark. Fortunately I had a flashlight! Needless to say, the parking lot was empty upon my return. Please give yourself more time than I did to enjoy this trail at a leisurely pace. Walking alone for miles in the dark was terrifying, but on the plus side, I did get to see lots of lightning bugs (fireflies), which is rare treat these days.
  • What an amazing place. I come here all the time for a run or walk. You see plenty of gators and various snakes occasionally and animals. Very different and always kept up with. The people who come here are always friendly and say hi as they walk by.

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