The largest stand of virgin bald cypress in the world

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary © Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary © Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

See the world’s largest stand of virgin bald cypress on your Florida vacation

No matter where you vacation in the world, Florida’s corkscrew swamp sanctuary is where you’ll see the largest stand of virgin bald cypress. Wander among the old-growth cypress forest on the 2.25 mile boardwalk and stand in awe of these trees, some more than 600 years old and reaching heights up to 130 feet tall. The trail leads through many unique and diverse habitats, including a wet prairie, lettuce lakes and  before heading into the virgin forest.

Birding

Birders and nature photographers flock to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary for some of the world’s best bird watching. Managed by the National Audubon Society, there are more than 200 resident and migratory bird species here as well as other wildlife and plants. The following endangered and threatened species also call Corkscrew their home:

  • American Alligator
  • Wood Stork
  • Bald Eagle
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Limpkin
  • Florida Panther
  • Ghost Orchid
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary © Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary © Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

Watch the Video

To see the magic of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, watch this Audubon Florida video:

Other Hiking Events

It’s Florida Hiking Trails Month and here are other trails with events during the next week:

  • 2/23 – Beginning Birding at Lovers Key State Park
  • 2/25 – Guided Bird Walk at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park; What’s Up? at Gold Head Branch State Park; Sea Bean Beach Hike at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreational Area at Flagler Beach; 25th Annual Real Florida 5K and 10K Cross Country Run and Fun Walk in the Park at Wekiwa Springs State Park; and Garden Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
  • 2/28 – Shoreline Exploration Walk at Lovers Key State Park

Tell us…

Have you ever stepped into the magic of an old-growth forest?