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Name of Place: CREW Bird Rookery Swamp Trail
Location: 1295 Shady Hollow Boulevard, Naples, FL 34120
Coordinates: 26°18’47.8”N 81°38’10.3”W
Phone Number: CREW Land & Water Trust (239) 657-2253
Hours: One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset
Cost: No entry fee, but donations encouraged
Great for: Nature photography; alligators, bobcats, panthers, bears, otters, deer, songbirds, wading birds, raptors, barred owls. Swallow tail kites frequent the area in the summer.
The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail offer 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, including a 1500-ft. boardwalk with wheelchair accessibility. You will be stepping over and around alligators at times so it’s a little scary. But for a wildlife photographer, it’s worth it! This trail has only been open since 2011 and is not well traveled. There is an abundance of wildlife and exotic birds.
You can also ride a bike on this trail. Some people bring their dogs but if you have a small dog, be prepared to lose the dog to an alligator!
Florida Photo Spots: Naples and Collier County
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