Over Christmas break, we were camping on Sanibel Island, and we wanted to find a place to take a nice hike off of the island. We had seen pictures of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, located in Naples, and we decided to make the drive there to check it out. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary charges a fee for adults and children to get in. It cost our family of four (two adults, to children) $14 per adult and $4 per child. We were on the fence about paying such a hefty fine for a hike, but I appreciate that the area is being preserved and decided I still wanted to check it out and support their efforts.
The loop hike is all boardwalk and was around two miles long. There is a short cut that can be taken, which would make it around a mile, but we wanted the longer hike. Being all boardwalk, the hike here is wheelchair and stroller friendly. You walk along the boardwalk, through a swamp, with plenty of beauty all around. There are interpretive signs to let you know some of the things you are seeing, and there are plenty of places along the way to stop and take a rest. There were numerous areas with benches, some that were covered in case it started raining, so you can sit and enjoy the scenery.
Along the boardwalk, we saw woodpeckers, alligators, turtles, and plenty of bird varieties. Some of the trees we saw, named of naturalist like Muir and Roosevelt, were beautiful. It took us around two hours to make our way around the boardwalk, and that was with making a few observational stops along the way. Part of the trail is all in the sun, and part is nicely shaded by the trees. The day we went it was 87 degrees, despite it being late December. It was a bit warm for hiking, but we still enjoyed our time there.
Once you are done hiking, you can head back into the main building, where you will find restrooms, snacks for sale, and a gift store. There are picnic tables outside the main building if you want to pack a lunch.
We really enjoyed the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It's a beautiful walk that is easy to navigate, gives you a great look at nature, and is great. Being a bit pricey, it's not a place we'd go to often, but it was nice to check it out once while on vacation in that area.
Here are pictures of our hike at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples: