• Nature at Koreshan State Historic Site
    Nature at Koreshan State Historic Site
  • Walk along Barefoot Beach Preserve
    Walk along Barefoot Beach Preserve
  • Gordon River Greenway welcomes nature lovers
    Gordon River Greenway welcomes nature lovers
  • Take a walk at Rich King Memorial Greenway
    Take a walk at Rich King Memorial Greenway
  • Ride your bike at John Yarbrough Linear Park Trail
    Ride your bike at John Yarbrough Linear Park Trail
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Spending time outside is easy to do when you’re in Southwest Florida. The weather is hot and the scenery is beautiful which makes it easy to stay active. If you’re tired of spending money for a gym membership, why not spend time walking, biking, hiking or running at one of Southwest Florida’s nature trails? You’ll be able to enjoy time outside while also exploring new areas of Southwest Florida. You might even see some native wildlife.

Here are some nature trails that you can visit:

Gordon River Greenway

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Run along the Gordon River on a 1-1/2 mile paved loop trail. This trail has water access along the way as you spend time enjoying some of the scenery. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

Run along the Gordon River on a 1-1/2 mile paved loop trail. This trail has water access along the way as you spend time enjoying some of the scenery. The Greenway runs from north to south, starting at Golden Gate Parkway and is adjacent to Naples Municipal Airport. The Gordon River Greenway welcomes bikers, hikers, walkers and runners. They even allow dogs if they’re leashed. (1596 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34102 | 239-252-4000 www.gordonrivergreenway.org)

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to many of Florida’s native wildlife including alligators, otters and white-tailed deer. Visitors can walk on a 2.25-mile boardwalk around a marsh, wet prairie and through the Bald Cypress forest. The sanctuary only permits walking. (375 Sanctuary Road, Naples, FL, 34120 | 239-348-9151 www.corkscrew.audubon.org)

Rich King Memorial Greenway

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At the Rich King Memorial Greenway visitors can bike, walk and even inline skate. The length of this trail is 3 miles and extends from north to south along the east side of Naples. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

Visitors can bike, walk and even inline skate at the Rich King Memorial Greenway. The length of this trail is 3 miles and extends from north to south along the east side of Naples. The Rich King Memorial Greenway is paved and stretches through residential neighborhoods with views of a canal on the south end. (Rich King Memorial Greenway, Radio Road, Naples, FL, 34104 | www.traillink.com)

CREW Bird Rookery Swamp

The CREW Bird Rookery Swamp offers 12 miles of hiking, biking, running and walking trails. As a former logging site, the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trails were formerly used as old tram roads. The trail is home to many of Florida’s wildlife including alligators, barred owls and Florida panthers. A portable restroom is located at the start of the trail and there are benches along the first 1.5 miles. (1295 Shady Hollow Boulevard, Naples, FL, 34120 | www.crewtrust.org)

John Yarbrough Linear Park

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John Yarbrough Linear Park is a 6-mile paved trail that runs north to south. The trail is a multi-use trail that can be used for biking, running, walking, hiking and rollerblading. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

John Yarbrough Linear Park is a 6-mile paved trail that runs north to south. The trail is a multi-use trail that can be used for biking, running, walking, hiking and rollerblading. On the southernmost side, the trail is well-shaded for those who want to be out of the sun. The trail is also pet friendly as long as your dogs are on a leash. John Yarbrough Linear Park also has benches and pavilions for those who want to relax. (Six Mile Cypress to Crystal Drive, Fort Myers, FL, 33912 | 239-707-3164 www.leegov.com)

West Main Trail

West Main Trail is located in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. According to the website, this trail passes through a variety of habitats like swamps, prairies and bald cypress stands. Mountain biking, walking and running are some activities to do along this 3-mile trail.  Make sure to bring some insect repellent as there are a lot of mosquitoes along the dirt trail, according to their website.  (West Main Trail, Gate 7, Naples, FL, 34114 | www.traillink.com)

Naples Preserve

An elevated boardwalk takes visitors of the Naples Preserve around 0.4 miles of early Florida ecosystem. The trail contains a variety of plants and animals that are native to Southwest Florida like pine flatwoods or gopher tortoises. The Naples Preserve is located in the heart of Naples. This trail is a walking-only path. (1690 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-261-4290 www.naplesgov.com)

Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve

Estero Bay was Florida’s first aquatic preserve established in 1966, according to their website. The preserve protects over 10 miles of islands, water inlets and wildlife living there. Some activities include biking, running, walking, hiking and kayaking. The miles of trails offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy Florida’s wildlife. (3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL, 33928 | 239-992-0311 www.floridastateparks.org)

Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park​

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Saylor Trail at Barefoot Beach Preserve will take you through some of Florida’s ecosystem. Along the beach, visitors may see shells, dolphins and crabs. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

Saylor Trail at Barefoot Beach Preserve will take you through some of Florida’s ecosystem. Along the beach, visitors may see shells, dolphins and crabs. This hike is 3-miles and even takes you past an educational center that teaches about Barefoot Beach animal and marine life.  (505 Barefoot Beach Boulevard, Bonita Springs, FL, 34134 | 239-252-4000 www.floridahikes.com)

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park 

Walk or run for 0.8 miles along the Delnor-Wiggins Pass shoreline and then onto the nature trail. If you’d like to get a good view of the Gulf of Mexico, climb up the observation tower that rises over the mangroves. The nature trail starts at the end of the road. (11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples, FL, 34108 | 239-597-6196 www.floridastateparks.org)

Koreshan State Historic Site​

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Koreshan State Historic Site offers visitors a little bit of Florida’s history as well as a 0.4 mile nature trail. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

Koreshan State Historic Site offers visitors a little bit of Florida’s history as well as a 0.4-mile nature trail. Park your car and walk or hike to see some of Southwest Florida’s wildlife or historic buildings. The park is pet-friendly if you’d like to bring your leashed dog along. (3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL, 33928 | 239-992-0311 www.floridastateparks.org)

Sabal Palm Trail

Located in Picayune State Forest is Sabal Palm Trail where visitors can choose between two different trails. The trail is located in an isolated area so it is best to hike with a friend. Visitors are able to choose between a 2.2 or a 3.5 mile-loop ranging from moderate to difficult.  Make sure to wear an orange vest during hunting season since hunting is permitted in this area.  (2121 52nd Avenue Southeast, Naples, FL, 34114 | 239-348-7557 www.floridahikes.com)

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

A boardwalk leads visitors through the 1.4 mile-slough at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Take your time as you walk through this trail to see some of Florida’s wildlife like a green heron, turtles or alligators. This is a walking-only path. (7751 Penzance Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL, 33966 | 239-533-7550 www.sloughpreserve.org)

Collier-Seminole State Park 

This 7.4 mile-loop takes you through one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world, according to their website. Visitors can even go off the beaten path to see a backcountry campsite. Collier-Seminole State Park allows activities like biking and hiking. (20200 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL, 34114 | 239-394-3397 www.floridastateparks.org)

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