Discover nature at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Published: July 5, 2016 1:45 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Just north of Naples and east of Bonita Springs off Immokalee Road, sits the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. Surrounded by wet prairie and marsh, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a unique sight to see in Southwest Florida.

The swamp is home to numerous creatures, from a variety of bird species, to panthers, black bears, gators and snakes you never know what you might see when walking the more than two mile boardwalk that works through the swamp.

Guests to the sanctuary can experience guided walks, workshops, citizen science programs, even opportunities to make their way through the swamp after hours under the cover of darkness.

Guides are also determined to get guests off the boardwalk through swamp walks and private tours with swamp buggies and air boats. Even though the boardwalk works through 800 acres of the land, with nearly 13,000 acres in total, visitors only experience around 16% of the swamp when walking underneath the towering trees spanning 130 feet in the air, unless they exit the boardwalk with a guide.

Whether you’re feeling adventures or just want a taste of nature, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a slice of true Florida, open 365 days a year. To plan your visit to the swamp or learn more about their conservation efforts and the species that live around the area, click here or call (239) 348-9151.

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & Blair Audubon Center is located at 375 Sanctuary Road in Naples, open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day of the year.