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The 5 Different Habitats at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a delightful place to visit when on vacation in Naples FL.   The 2.25 mile or 1 mile long boardwalk through 6 different habitat settings is a gentle, pristine nature walk that will treat you and connect you to all of the sights and sounds that nature has to offer.

This is a beautiful and peaceful walk with shelters and rest stops along the walk so you can soak in your surroundings and sit and listen to the birds and bull frogs sing in melody.  There are photo tour cards along the way to educate and guide you on the different plant and animal wildlife that you can see.  Before you start out, you may want to stop by the nature shop and buy some binoculars and a field guild to enhance your journey into pure nature.

For visitors staying in Naples, the mere 20 mile drive straight west on Immokalee Road will offer you an unforgettable treat from Mother Nature. Take a break from the sun on the Gulf Coast’s Vanderbilt Beach and discover more of the gems of Southwest Florida.

Explore Corkscrew’s Habitats

Guests who have stay in one of our beach houses will enjoy the six different habitats at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  They include:

1. Cypress Swamps

Swamps are forested wetlands covering approximately 10% of the land area in Florida. These forests often grow in long flooded depressions in the landscape called strands and are dominated primarily by Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum).

2. Oak Hammocks

Commonly found wildlife in hammock habitats includes Black Bears, Florida Panthers, Bobcats, Pigmy Rattlesnakes, Florida Box Turtles, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Barred Owls.

Hammocks are well-developed evergreen hardwood and palm forests, which grow on soils that are rarely inundated. They often occur as “islands” of high ground within wetland habitats. Soils are sandy and mixed with organic matter from leaf litter.

3. Pine Flatwoods

Pine flatwoods provide important habitat for many wildlife species. Pine flatwoods represent the most extensive type of terrestrial ecosystem in Florida, covering approximately 50% of the natural land area. These forests are dominated by Southern Slash Pine (Pinus elliotti var. densa) and interspersed Sabal Palm (Sabal palmetto), with an understory of mostly Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) and mixed grasses.

4. Swamp Ponds & Lakes

Florida’s wetlands are often pockmarked with basins or depressions that fill with water to create generally permanent bodies of water (although water levels often fluctuate substantially and ponds may become completely dry). The basins that form these ponds and small lakes can be the result of erosion of the underlying bedrock, period fires that burn deep into the organic soil of cypress swamps, and even the wallowing activity of the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).

5. Wet Prairies

Wet prairie is a habitat found in flat or gently sloping areas with wet, but not inundated, soils. The length of time that soils are flooded ranges from 3-7 months each year. Often wet prairie is found between lower lying depression marshes or swamps and slightly higher pine flatwoods. Natural fires enter wet prairies from surrounding pine flatwoods and help prevent the establishment of cypress (Taxodium spp.) from adjacent swamps.

Final Thoughts on Corkscrew Swamp

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is protecting and restoring the Everglades.  It’s an outdoor classroom with educational programs available.  This is a trip that will be relaxing, peaceful and exciting for outdoor enthusiasts.  Make your family vacation stay in Naples, FL a memorable and pleasant one with this awesome nature adventure.  And for those who don’t consider themselves avid nature lovers, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a terrific place to escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy life to unwind and put your worries aside.

Planning a Trip to Florida?

After seeing Florida’s native wildlife, return to the beauty and comfort of a home from Naples Florida Vacation Homes. We have a wide selection of homes located all over the Naples area. Whether you’re hoping to squeeze in a few rounds of golf during your visit or you’d like to relax by a private pool, you’ll find the perfect home to fit your needs.

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