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The Lower Gulf Coast Sights

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

  • 375 Sanctuary Rd. W Map It
  • Naples
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/12/2014

Fodor's Review

To get a feel for what this part of Florida was like before civil engineers began draining the swamps, drive 17 mi east of North Naples to these 14,000 acres of pine flatwood and cypress, grass-and-sedge "wet prairie," saw-grass marshland, and lakes and sloughs filled with water lettuce. Managed by the National Audubon Society, the sanctuary protects North America's largest remaining stand of ancient bald cypress, 600-year-old trees as tall as 130 feet, as well as endangered

birds, such as wood storks, which often nest here. This is a favorite destination for serious birders and is the gateway to the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. If you spend a couple of hours to take the 2¼-mi self-guided tour along the boardwalk, you'll spot ferns, orchids, and air plants, as well as wading birds and possibly alligators and river otters. A nature center educates you about this precious, unusual habitat with a dramatic re-creation of the preserve and its creatures in the Swamp Theater.

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Sight Information


375 Sanctuary Rd. W, 17 miles east of I–75 on Rte. 846, Naples, Florida, 34120, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $12
  • Daily 7–5:30

Updated 05/12/2014


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Jan 31, 2006

Pop The Top @ Corkscrew!

Only small down was that the picnic facilities would be improved by being moved out the parking lot and having more shade. This is a must see park!

By Kathy

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Feb 2, 2005

The Wild Side

If you like wildlife in natural surroundings then Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is the place to go. A liesure stroll along the boardwalk will bring you in touch with natural FL. This was our second time and it remains a favorite. The only place to get a better glimpse of wildlife is the Anhinga trail in Everglades NP.

By Colleen

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May 16, 2004

Fabulous experice

We spent a couple of hours here walking thru the everglades. We saw lots of interesting plant and animals (birds, snakes, etc.) Fun and interesting. It is a walking tour so be prepared to have an easy 1-2 mile walk. Highly recommend.

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