I know what you're thinking....hiking in a swamp might not be your thing, right? Or mine!
But sometimes you just have to get out in nature for a while, to hear the quiet and natural sounds around you. It's a great way to recharge your batteries. To do that In Naples generally means going inland, to the wildlife reserves of the Everglades.
But just 12 miles into rural Collier County brings you to the beautiful Bird Rookery Swamp Trail, with 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, including a 1500 foot boardwalk with wheelchair accessibility. Beyond that, the trails become ground level, sandy/grassy, and relatively flat with swamp on both sides. The trails are actually old tram roads used when the area was logged many years ago.
The maple-cypress swamp is home to alligators, otters, Florida panthers, bobcats, white-tailed deer and more.
And best of all, it's FREE! If you're looking for a quiet hiking trail for yourself or your family, this is a great place to explore.