Looking for the best nature trails to enjoy in Southwest Florida? Here are our 4 favorite spots to walk around, immerse yourself in Florida’s beautiful natural environment, and see stunning wildlife.
Babcock Ranch Nature Eco Tours and Trails
Looking for kid friendly nature trails that you can enjoy with the whole family? Babcock Ranch Eco Tours offers guided and self-guided tours through four different ecosystems that make up the heart of Southwest Florida. Whether you choose to go on a guided Swamp Buggy Eco Tour or a no-cost walking tour, you’re sure to encounter some of Florida’s amazing wildlife. These tours offer you the opportunity to get up close and personal with alligators, birds, deer, turtles, and more. Plus, if you book a Swamp Buggy Eco Tour or a specialty guided walking tour, expert guides will share their knowledge and passion for the area’s history, wildlife, and various ecosystems!
Shark Valley Bike Trail
If you’re taking a trip into the Everglades, don’t miss the Shark Valley Nature Trail! This 15-mile self-guided bicycle tour takes about 2-3 hours, and you are sure to see plenty of birds and gators along the way. Don’t forget to stop at the midway point to enjoy the views from the observation tower! How many gators can you count from atop this Everglades perch?
Six Mile Cypress Slough
During your stay in Fort Myers, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. The Slough offers miles of trails and boardwalks for you to enjoy. Lee County even offers a fun trail guide with a boardwalk trail map and information about the flora and fauna you may spot along the trails. For example, the Amphitheater Kiosk and Gator Lake are both great areas to spot birds, gators, and more!
This isn’t really a trail per-se, but the Naples Pier is a favorite walking spot of locals and visitors alike. The Pier is an ideal spot to watch the sunset, dangle your feet above the water, and spend time with friends and family. After your walk down the Pier, spend some time soaking in the sun at the public beach as well!
What are your favorite nature trails in Southwest Florida?