Bird Rookery Swamp Trail

Physical Address: 1295 Shady Hollow Boulevard, Naples, FL 34120

Hours: One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset

Trails/Facilities: Free – donations accepted, Open to public

UPDATE – April 21, 2014: The vulture activity seems to have stopped for the time being at Bird Rookery Swamp’s parking area. However, be aware that this activity could begin again at any time.

March 2014: “PLEASE NOTE!!! Vultures may be attracted to rubber including linings on car doors and windows…hanging plastic shopping bags from the top of your door frames or covering your car with a tarp secured with bungee straps may deter them.”

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.

Trail Map

Bird Rookery Swamp Trail Map
Bird Rookery Swamp Trail Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Trail biking (no muntain bike or single track trails)
  • Nature study/photography
  • Geocaching
  • Birding
  • Running
  • Dogs allowed – on leash and under control at all times

Directions:

 From Fort Myers/Naples: From I-75, take exit 111 and turn east (away from Naples) on Immokalee Road (CR 846). Travel 11.4 miles and turn left onto Shady Hollow Blvd. (One mile past the Oil Well Rd stoplight – Shady Hollow is where Immokalee Rd goes from 4-lane to 2-lane). Go to the end of Shady Hollow (approx 1.5 miles). Parking lot is on the right.

From Immokalee: Travel west (toward Naples) on CR 846 (Immokalee Road) for approx. 16.5 miles. Turn right on Shady Hollow Blvd. Travel 1.5 miles north to parking area/gate.

Google Map to Bird Rookery Swamp Trails: http://goo.gl/maps/9tSNd

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