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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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Great place to see birds and alligators

My sister lives close to this rookery, and she and her husband visit regularly for exercise and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anne F
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Excellent tour led by dedicated volunteers

CREW is a conservancy that is managed effciently and staffed by dedicated volunteers. You can see... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2018
GlobeLogist
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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

My sister lives close to this rookery, and she and her husband visit regularly for exercise and the natural beauty. We walked about 3/4 mile out and then back. I would wear tennis shoes or boots next time despite the heat. The first part of...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

CREW is a conservancy that is managed effciently and staffed by dedicated volunteers. You can see alligators and a variety of wild flowers, insects, birds, animals along the trail. With a few exceptions, the tours are FREE and a good way to learn what Florida...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

From the moment we parked the car, I was seeing wonderful birds alone the water way, and it only got better as we walked along the boardwalk. Loved that it wasn’t as crowded as Corkscrew which we did the day before. We have driven past...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I hike here often and are never disappointed. It is not an area to take dogs or small children because of the alligators and snakes. Be careful to always stay on the trail because water moccasins are in the grass just off...More

2  Thank Kristinestravelpicks
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brendabF5647KF, General Manager at CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Kristine: We are pleased that you enjoy the CREW - Bird Rookery Swamp. We recently REOPENED the complete 12 mile trail to hikers and bikers. Some mowing still needs to be done. The damage caused by Hurricane Irma is still visible throughout the Swamp. Nature...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018 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

2  Thank Lisa P
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brendabF5647KF, General Manager at CREW Land & Water Trust - Bird Rookery Swamp Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

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

2  Thank designsdefined
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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 28 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

4  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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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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No cost and worth the drive
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