Great for the entire family, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples is a 13,000-acre ancient forest Preserve home to the largest remaining stand of bald cypress in North America. The National Audobon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is the gateway to the western Everglades. Many resident species of wildlife rely on the Everglades’ freshwater wetlands that the Audobon protects.
A 2.25-mile boardwalk trail is open to the public daily and meanders through the forest’s scenic areas and provides walking access through the pine flatwoods, wet prairie, Pond cypress, Bald cypress and marsh ecosystems. On the boardwalk, you can view big cypress trees, alligator holes and lakes filled with colorful wading birds. Barred owls are often visible from the boardwalk and can be heard as well. The Sanctuary is one of the most important breeding areas for the endangered Wood Stork and other wetland birds.
A state-of-the-art Audubon Center features exhibits and interactive productions that reveal Corkscrew’s impressive cypress forest. Benches and rain shelters run along the entire route. Located at 375 Sanctuary Road in Naples, the Preserve offers hiking, nature trails, and a museum. It’s open year round to the public. The Sanctuary was established to protect one of the largest remaining stands of Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress in North America from extensive logging of the trees.