Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples - Address, Ticket Price
Address: 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples FL 34120
Ticket Price: 12 USD
Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
Timings: 07:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
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About Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
This is a National Audubon Society Sanctuary that was mainly set up to protect and conserve the largest remaining stands of Bald cypress and Pond Cypress. These were continuously getting damaged in the continuous logging in the mid- 20th century.
This beautiful piece of nature is not very big but is definitely a true escape from the hustles of city. It is the Gateway Site for the Great Florida Birding Trail.
- The main attraction of this sanctuary is the board walk. Along this you can walk over pine flat woods, wet prairies, pond cypress, bald cypress and marshy terrains.
- You will find storks and other beautiful wetland birds over here.
- Special species include limpkin, barred owl, swallow- tailed kite, American alligators and cotton mouth.
- The visitor center of this sanctuary has a Living Machine demonstration site.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Information
- Pets are not allowed.
- The board walk closes at 4:30 PM everyday.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Ticket Prices
- Full-time college student with photo ID: USD 6
- National Audubon Society member with current membership card: USD 6
- Student (6-18 years old): USD 4
- Children under 6: free
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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples Reviews
This is a must see place to visit. Make sure you take the long path if you hope to see alligators. You need a couple of hours to enjoy the beauty and history of this swamp. It is well worth the drive. Keep a sharp eye open for the sign on the road as it is small and very easy to pass by.
It's $14 for adults to get in but the pass is good for two days. Part of the Florida Birding Trail so bring your binoculars. Unfortunately some of the board walk is currently under repair right now due to damage from hurricane Irma, but a large enough portion is open that the trip and admission is still worth it. A truly amazing walk through one of the world's few ancient forests.
One of the most beautiful places in Florida. The boardwalk takes you across a diversity of ecosystems and allows you to observe the swamp without interfering too much. Great for photographers. Worth getting the yearly pass if you live in the area as the experience changes with every season.
Arrived at 4:15 p.m. and they close shortly thereafter. By 4:40 p.m. there was a man telling us we had to hurry around the remainder of the boardwalk. This made it impossible to enjoy nature. It was NOT worth the money so late in the day. Otherwise, if you make a day of it, then it's a lovely bird and cypress sanctuary. We saw one alligator, a frog, several birds and a turtle digging to lay eggs, probably. Not bad for one hour.
Go! Go now! Though early mornings are better for birding, there was plenty to see from 9:30-12:30: 24 different species, with great looks at Anhingas, Green Herons, Downy Woodpeckers. And Blue-headed Vireos. Audubon volunteers facilitated the experience, stationed around the boardwalk to assure that folks got a good look at the fauna and flora--snakes, birds, alligators, and swamp lilies. The walk winds through cypress swamp, pine forest, prairie, and other habitats, and it offers benches and rain shelters. Handicapped-accessible. No restrooms on the boardwalk. Definitely worth a stop. Tickets bought one day are also good the next. Leave your dog at home (required) and silence your phone (recommented).