Join CREW Land & Water Trust volunteer and FL Master Naturalist, Dr. David Cooper, for a humorous and informative 2.5-hour guided walk at the CREW Marsh Hiking Trails. (Note: December hikes will be led by CREW staff member or other volunteers)
These hikes are offered every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, and every 2nd Saturday from November 2012 - April 2013.
Learn about the watershed as a whole, view wildflowers, animal signs, birds, butterflies, and more.
The CREW Marsh Trails are part of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (owned by the South Florida Water Management District). These trails meander through pine flatwoods, along the edge of the marsh, to oak hammock and popash slough. The Marsh Trails are home to FL black bears, FL panthers, bobcats, limpkins, many songbirds, and more.
Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing, and bring water to drink. Sunscreen/hat are advisable. Cameras and binoculars are optional.
Limited to 20 hikers.
If you cannot attend the hike for which you register, please call 239-657-2253 or request a cancellation here on this site at least 24 hours before the walk is scheduled to begin.
These hikes are free, but donations to the CREW Trust are greatly appreciated on the day of the hike or online at http://www.crewtrust.org.
Is there an age limit for the event?
This guided walk is for ages 12 and above.
What are the parking/facilities like at the trails?
There is a grass parking lot at the trailhead. There is one portable restroom at the trailhead.
What are the trails like?
The trails are mostly grassy/sandy ground level trails with some boardwalk sructures over wet areas. Expect seasonlly wet/muddy places on the trails during the rainy season (July - November).
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. You may give your spot to someone else. Be sure to change the information on your registration page or call us at 239-657-2253.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you may update your registration information up to 24 hours before the event.
Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?
No. We do not issue print tickets. Simply check in with the event leader at the time of the event.
Directions to the CREW Marsh Trails (4600 Corkscrew Rd. [C.R. 850], Immokalee, FL 34142): (Do Not use Google Maps)
From Naples/Bonita Springs/S. Fort Myers: travel I-75 N to exit 123 (Corkscrew Rd.). Travel 18 miles east on Corkscrew Rd. You will pass the Cypress Dome Trails. Go another 4 miles and you will see the CREW Marsh Trails on your right. Look for the brown trailhead signs.
From N Ft. Myers/Charlotte Co./Lehigh Acres: travel I-75 to exit 138 (the ML King/S.R. 82 exit). Travel east on SR 82 toward Immokalee for 20 miles. Watch for a small blue CR850 sign, then turn right on C.R. 850 (Corkscrew Rd.). The Marsh Trails are ~2 miles down the road on your left. Look for the brown trailhead signs.
CREW Land & Water Trust
The CREW Land & Water Trust was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization to coordinate the land acquisition, land management, and public use of the 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. We work closely with our partners, the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to ensure the protection of the watershed. This watershed, the largest intact watershed in south Florida, straddles Lee and Collier Counties and provides aquifer recharge, natural flood protection, water purification, preservation of wildlife habitat, and public recreation. CREW's majestic 5,000-acre marsh is the headwaters for the entire watershed.