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This 2-Mile Boardwalk Lets You Observe Florida's Rarest Wildlife Like Never Before

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is full of wildlife.

Florida is known to be surrounded by wetlands and many unusual ecosystems, but some are so unlike the rest. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary offers visitors a unique stroll experience while witnessing wildlife like never before. 

The 2.25-mile-long boardwalk is situated around the largest old-growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. These trees are relative of the redwoods and reach up to 130 feet into the sky. This forest is home to a variety of wildlife such as alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, and red-bellied turtles. A stroll through the boardwalk will let you experience this rare wildlife up close. 

Even though swamps have a bad connotation due to their plagues of mosquitoes, swamps are important to prevent flooding and provide an extra area to absorb rainwater. Florida is already surrounded by the ocean, so swamps help keep everything at level. 

You will also experience many wild birds at the sanctuary and a flower field for you to feast your eyes on. This natural oasis will let you experience zoo animals in their real habitat. 

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During your exploration, you will encounter the Marsh Observation Tower, which is excellent for pictures. On your way back you will also see Nancy Knight Otto Rest Stop — a great scenic spot for photos. 

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located at 375 Sanctuary Rd. W., Naples, Florida.

Disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.