Located just north of Naples, Florida, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000 acre preserve and protects one of the largest remaining stands of Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress in North America that dates back more than 500 years. The National Audubon Society is responsible for constructing and managing the 2.25 mile boardwalk that allows visitors to walk through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, marsh ecosystems, and Pond and Bald cypress. The enormous Bald Cypress trees tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. A captivating picture awaits at every turn of the boardwalk trail as the forest is home to hunderds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, red-bellied turtles, and a wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, and raptors.
Did you know?
- There are 64 reptile and amphibian species, 34 mammal species, and over 200 bird species found at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
- Wood stork nesting success is a measure of wetland health. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has supported approximately 75,000 nests and 100,000 chicks since 1958, making it the most productive colony in the nation