It seems like most exciting places are in East Florida as tourists always tend to choose the eastern beaches. But, if we look at the map, there is a lot to discover in west Florida - an underrated area that locals keep as a hidden haven. There is a great scenic trail in Gordon River Greenway that boasts a lush landscape and beautiful wildlife.
A stroll around the wooden boardwalk will transport you into another world perfect for the adventure-seeker, cyclists, runners, bird watchers, and even hikers.
There are many animals that frequent the Greenway such as otter, raccoon, bobcat, fox, and opossum. During your discover you will notice a river that flows into Naples Bay along with a habitat of pine flatwoods, scrub and mangrove fringe.
The one mile and half boardwalk offers visitors the opportunity to relax and unwind while enjoying the sunset and scenic overlook. You will discover a lot of native plants in this preserve including red mangrove, cabbage palm, live oak, and other exotic species that are expected to be removed during the next building phase because they compete with the native vegetation.
You will notice some gopher tortoise along the Greenway and some reptiles such as alligators and water snakes. Bikers frequent this trail because it is spacious and easy to travel through. Definitely, a place for your furry-friend to release some energy.
This 126-acre of natural area is very safe, well-maintained and has several access points. There is also a canoe and kayak launch for those looking to discover the mangroves. The Greenway is open daily until 10 pm, and don't worry to be in the dark as it is well-lighted during night time.
Gordon River Greenway
Address: Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples, FL 34102
Why you need to go: This scenic trail has wooden boardwalks perfect for pedestrians and cyclists.