The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a natural animal corridor between northern Lee County and Estero Bay. You can see ... More
Six Mile Cypress Slough
The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a natural animal corridor between northern Lee County and Estero Bay. You can see alligators, wild pigs, otters, and more. During the dry season (October to June), birds like herons and egrets flock to the flag ponds. A 1.2-mile boardwalk winds through the 2,200-acre wetland, and includes a photo blind to get up-close photographs of the animals, and two observations towers. There are guided tours year-round, and self-guided tour brochures. Parking is $.75 per hour, maximum $3 (cash only). Bring food and drinks. Call to know the open hours.
It was really worth it. We saw more animals than in Myakka, it was a nice and easy boardwalk, 1,5 hour and than we took the time to see everything, wild pigs ,otters a lot of beautiful birds ,alligator with baby´s. , water snake, squirels turtles.
I only wish this park were bigger. There's less and less green space but Six Mile Cypress is one of my favorite places to get away from the traffic, slow down and get back into the natural side of Fort Myers. Great boardwalks. Lots of wildlife. I love this place and I look forward to the Nature Center opening.
Enjoyed the well maintained boardwalk.
Pamplet numbers and boardwalk numbers told you what you might see in that area.
Did not see any alligators; however, we saw many birds, woodpeckers.
We will go back.
If you want to see natural nature (not zoo nature) this is a good place to see it. No guarantees as what you might see. We got there for a guided tour, which is what I would recommend, not that you couldn't just take the walk yourself.
We saw a gator, and various birds. It was fun to just walk around out in the woods.
Kids might get a little bored after a couple hours, though my 10 and 12 year old both liked the visit and the walk, at least initially. (they were getting a little antsy at 2 hours)
Our tour guide was able to point out little things that come with the experience of having been through the trail multiple times. Only cost was parking.
A good time had by all.
I would highly recommend this preserve to anyone who enjoys a walk in nature. We visited with friends here from MA. and enjoyed the walk along the boardwalk, siting birds and river otters along the way.
Not only was it a wonderful day in nature, the park is FREE! The volunteer guides were helpful and pleasant and we look forward to going again in another season to compare the foliage and birds and animals we will hopefully see.
The Slough and its boardwalk are well taken care of and the volunteers are very knowledgeable since they go through a training program. But you can go any time; it isn't necessary to wait for a volunteer. The walk is beautiful and peaceful. Take the time to enjoy everything around you. I go often and have spotted gators about 80% of the time. Beautiful birds and butterflies are always there, but there are no mosquitoes!
I LOVE Six Mile Slough! It's a great little escape from the busy chores of life. There are miles of boardwalks, observation pavillions, lots of wildlife (including alligators), and the plant species are also abundant. There is no charge to the slough but you do have to pay for parking, $3 max. It is well worth a visit if you want to expereince some of natural FL.
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