CREW Marsh Trail System

More than five miles of trails (three trail loops) take visitors through pine flatwoods, oak and palm hammocks and along the 5,000-acre Corkscrew Marsh, a part of a vast wetland system known as the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW). From here, water eases south to nourish more than 100,000 acres of public lands, including the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. An observation deck overlooks the expansive marsh.

Watchable Wildlife:
Wildflowers and carnivorous plants are abundant here. Bobcats, deer, hogs, panthers and black bears use this area. Along the flatwoods trails, visitors may see turkeys, gopher tortoises and pileated woodpeckers. Watch for swallow-tailed kites in the spring and summer. Turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks are common year-round. The wetlands host egrets, herons, wood storks and alligators.

South Florida Water Management District and the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed Land and Water Trust, Inc.

(941) 332-7771

From I-75, take Exit 19 (Corkscrew Road) and go east on Corkscrew Road (C.R.850) for about 18 miles. The entrance is on your right. Or, take Exit 23 (S.R. 82) and go east about 20 miles. Turn right on C.R. 850 (Corkscrew Road), and the entrance is about one and a half miles on your left.

Related Sites:
Other Southwest Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
Breeding season for Florida black bears is summer, with the peak occurring from about mid-June through July.

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