|Hillsborough River State Park|
The picturesque Hillsborough River flows through 2,994 acres of live oak hammock, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, and freshwater marshes in one of Florida’s oldest parks. Eight miles of nature trails give visitors a chance to escape the crowds and glimpse beautiful native habitats and their asso...
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
|Description: A unique two-mile boardwalk winds through pinelands, wet prairie, marsh, lakes, and the world’s largest remaining subtropical old-growth bald cypress forest. In spring and summer months, enjoy splendid native ferns, orchids, bromeliads, and wildflowers.|
Wildlife to Watch: As the dry season approaches (January-April), wading birds, including little blue herons and white ibis, congregate with other wildlife in feeding pools close to the boardwalk trail. The largest nesting colony of wood storks in the United States raises its young during late winter, sometimes within full view of the boardwalk. Several hundred American swallow-tailed kites roost during summer months. Green-backed herons, anhingas, American egrets, great blue herons, and American bitterns are often sighted. Calling red-shouldered hawks and pileated woodpeckers are ever present. During spring and fall migration, many species of warblers and other songbirds arrive. Alligators, turtles, river otters, barred owls, and limpkins can be viewed year-round. Painted buntings frequent the bird feeders near the visitor center in winter. Excellent opportunities for wildlife photographers.
Special Tips: Specific wildlife sightings posted daily at the trailhead.
Helpful self-guiding tour pamphlet available at visitor center.
Open all year, December-April (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); May-November (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
EXCELLENT BARRIER-FREE ACCESS.
Ownership: National Audubon Society
Size: 10,560 acres
Closest Town: Naples
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