A 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes visitors
through four distinct environments: a pine upland, a wet prairie, a cypress
forest, and a marsh. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk and a field
guide and Children's Activity Book available at the admissions desk in
the Blair Center allow each visitor to take the self-guided tour. Benches
and rain shelters are along the trail. For those who do not wish to walk
the full 2.25 miles, an optional trail shortens the walk to one mile. Volunteer
naturalists are usually on the boardwalk to answer questions. Allow about
WHEELCHAIRS & STROLLERS
Wheelchairs and strollers are available
without charge for use while on the boardwalk. These are kept in or near
the Blair Center and are provided on a first-come basis.
Wildlife sightings vary depending on the
time of year, the weather, and even the time of day. Birds, reptiles, mammals,
insects, and a variety of native plants including wild orchids may be seen
from the boardwalk. To print a checklist of wildlife that might be seen
from the boardwalk (pdf format), click here. Due to natural
predators such as mosquito fish and dragonflies, mosquitos are not a great
nuisance in the swamp.
Southwest Florida has two seasons: a dry
season in the winter months and a rainy season in the summer months. Typical
temperatures in the winter/dry season are highs in the 70's and lows in
the 50's, and in the summer/rainy season, highs are in the 90's and lows
in the 70's. A typical summer day begins with sunshine; then, clouds and
humidity build in the early afternoon leading to a late afternoon thunderstorm
and clearing skies in the evening. Summer visitors should come prepared
for changeable weather.
FOOD, DRINKS, & RESTROOMS
Absolutely NO foods, beverages (other than water), or tobacco are allowed
on the boardwalk, and the only restrooms are in the Living Machine at the
entrance to the Sanctuary. A small selection of cold sandwiches (available
December-April), snacks, and soft drinks are available in the Blair Audubon
Center, but they must be eaten there or in the picnic area adjacent to
the parking lots.
No pay phones exist at the Sanctuary,
and there is no access to a telephone at Corkscrew except for emergency
situations. The closest pay phones are five miles southwest of the Sanctuary
at G's General Store on Immokalee Road.
NATURE STORE in the Blair Center
Our Nature Store features an extensive
selection of field guides, natural history books, Florida travel books,
optics and binoculars, clothing, cards, gifts, bird feeders, nature cassettes
and videos, and camera film. All proceeds from the Nature Store help support
resource management and education activities at the sanctuary. The Nature
Store is open all days when the Sanctuary is open and closes each day at
even during the summer months when the boardwalk is open until 7:30 PM.