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Rustic preserve

Walked the boardwalks and learned about island history from local volunteers. Was off the beaten... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2019
Enjoyable Walk!

Decided last minute to stop, so glad we did, it was a nice little stroll. Would go again! The... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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All reviews estero bay dirt path tranquil area boardwalk ends take plenty of bug spray mangrove forest fishing dock enjoyable walk porta potty interesting birds nature walk enjoy nature natural environment clams hike lookout development
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make a stop by the Matanzas Pass Preserve. A boardwalk makes walking back to the observation area easy; there, you'll be able to see Estero Bay. We weren't able to take the ground path back to other places, as it had rained the night before...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 January 2019

Walked the boardwalks and learned about island history from local volunteers. Was off the beaten path.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank CMLM
Reviewed 25 November 2018

I stopped here on my way from the Fort Myers airport heading down to Naples. The drive was easy and the little "waterside village" that you drive through looked fun and typical of a tourist beach town. The place was just outside of the busy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank trippygal23
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Very informative guide. Some trails were closed. The one we took was short but took us to the golf with a great view of the boats.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank eliroly
Reviewed 9 July 2018

A lovely evening moonwalk through the Matanzas Pass Preserve. Lead by a knowledgeable guide, our small group saw the moon rise from a charming gazebo over the bay waters. Magical.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 41beachgirl
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Mostly shaded raised deck paths through mangroves, lots of crabs and lizards, we didn’t see many birds. Covered seating on the bay st on end of trail. It’s pretty warm even in the shade until you get out of the trees.

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank mbsmithmo
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Found this by killing time. Short walk with great results, There are trails here that lead to the bay. There is a lookout with seats and covered area. Lots of history if you do the interactive with your phone.

Date of experience: April 2018
6  Thank Suze G
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Decided last minute to stop, so glad we did, it was a nice little stroll. Would go again! The paths were easy to walk and interesting.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank ginniemae2016
Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is in an isolated off the road area with only a porta potty for comfort. The walk is unremarkable and does get muddy on the dirt part of the trail. Did not have any problems with bugs either and it was warm. None of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank havefunaway
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Although I love the beach here, the traffic and crowds can get a bit much at times. Enter Matanzas Pass. I went for a run in the early morning along the wooden boardwalks that stretch through the mangroves. Short but shady and cool place to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank MichiganWildflower
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12 June 2017|
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Response from geisnj | Reviewed this property |
Have done all the trails twice and have not seen any animals except birds, little lizards, and one raccoon. Hope that helps.
Barb T
1 January 2017|
Response from StacyandRandy | Reviewed this property |
Pets are prohibited.
William T
19 March 2015|
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Response from Linda P | Reviewed this property |
no charge for the park walk