Estero Bay State Buffer Preserve - Trail, Fort Myers, Florida

Estero Bay State Buffer Preserve - Trail, Fort Myers, Florida

DESCRIPTION

A nice flat underused state preserve between Ft. Myers and Naples.

Was destined to become a 1,500 housing subdivision, but saved by the state in 2000.

Nice, flat 4.4 mile loop with portions through tidal salt marshes. Another short side trail leads to the Estero River. Sandy path to waters edge will add to cardio regimen.

Visited during the rainy summer season and portion of one path was more than axel deep in swamp water. Was dry in November.

Wildlife sightings: During springtime, on far Yellow trail met thousands of fiddler crabs that scurried sideways for cover and trampled so loudly that that the pidder-padder of their feet was easily audible. Yes, it was quite creepy at first. Also saw gopher tortoise.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 03, 2007]
Zadattack
Weekend Warrior

I live about 5 minutes from this trail and I take my dog on a hike here about 1-2 times per week, but I don't go out of my way to ride this trail. It is extremely flat and occasional patches of fine sand cause me a great deal of frustration.

4 trails range in length from .5 miles to 4.5 miles (rough estimates). The park is free and a decent amount of wildlife can be seen so in my opinion this is a lot better than riding on the street, but again let me stress... DO NOT DRIVE OUT OF YOUR WAY TO GET TO THIS TRAIL, unless you're looking to get off the streets for an evening ride, you're looking for a painfully leisurely ride, or you've got your great grandma along for the ride.

Don't forget your sunscreen!

In short, the trail is better than nothing; considering we have a lot of nothing in SWFL, if you live nearby give the trail an occasional ride. I'd love to give this trail a 3 for the sole fact that the only off road trail I'm aware of in South Fort Myers, but if CRP is setting the bar at 3.5ish, I've got to give the Estero Buffer Preserve a 2.

Customer Service

West on Corkscrew Road from I75.
North on US41.
First stop light, turn west on Broadway.
1 mile down the road, you'll see a gravel parking lot and the trail on your right side.

Similar Products Used:

CRP (Caloosa Regional Park)

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[Dec 03, 2007]
Paul
Weekend Warrior

BRING SUNSCREEN

I live 5 minutes away from this trail and I take my dog walking here 1 - 2x per week and it makes for a relatively relaxing hike, but I don't go out of my way to ride the trail.

Don't drive out of your way to come to this trail, but if you live nearby, it is more peaceful than riding on the roads. I've seen an adequate amount of wildlife in the preserve, wild boars, eagles, etc.

There are 4 marked paths. The orange loop is rougly .5 - .75 miles, the blue trail (not a loop, but the most scenic) is about 1.5 miles. Yellow loop is roughly 2.5 - 3 miles (my favorite to hike), though occasional patches of fine sand (on the front leg of the trail) cause me some frusteration. The red loop is roughly 4.5 - 5 miles and is similar to the yellow trail, but longer and muddier.

Like the other reviewer stated, during the summer, and especially after a hard rain, this trail will flood.

In short, the trail is better than nothing; considering we have a lot of nothing in SWFL, the trail is worth a ride if you're in the area.

Customer Service

I75 to Corkscrew Rd. Head west on Corkscrew. Turn North on 41 and at the first stop light turn west again on Broadway. Go 1 mile and find a gravel parking lot and the trail on the right.

Similar Products Used:

Caloosa Regional Park (CRP)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jun 25, 2007]
Brett
Weekend Warrior

Just picked up riding again and this trailhead is within riding distance of my house so it was a good place to start. I stuck to the longest loop (red trail marker)which is posted to be 4.4 miles. Very flat but still challenging because of the amount of sandy areas and mud. Rode on June 23rd and there were a few places where the water was over my ankles while riding. Didn't turn me around because I was already more than 1/2 way when this happened. Very peaceful and full of wildlife. Saw a few tortoises and tons of fiddler crabs, lots of birds. Got a big surprise on the last mile stretch when I found a large group of ferrel hogs on the trail. Especially since a few of them outweighed me by a fair amount. Lost some time letting them go their way, but that is one animal you dont want to mess with!

Customer Service

Full red trail loop is all I have done so it is all I can recommend, better left for the dryer season unless you don't mind the added challenge.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 17, 2006]
bill rettew
Cross Country Rider

A nice flat underused state preserve between Ft. Myers and Naples.

Was destined to become a 1,500 housing subdivision, but saved by the state in 2000.

Nice, flat 4.4 mile loop with portions through tidal salt marshes. Another short side trail leads to the Estero River. Sandy path to waters edge will add to cardio regimen.

Visited during the rainy summer season and portion of one path was more than axel deep in swamp water. Was dry in November.

Wildlife sightings: During springtime, on far Yellow trail met thousands of fiddler crabs that scurried sideways for cover and trampled so loudly that that the pidder-padder of their feet was easily audible. Yes, it was quite creepy at first. Also saw gopher tortoise.

Customer Service

Take Corkscrew exit from I-75, go west on Corkscrew Road, turn right on U.S. 41. Turn left on Broadway to go west. Public acesss is on north side (right) of Broadway at electric station.

No fee.

You will pass Koreshan State Park at intersection of 41 and Corkscrew. Pick up a map there if none at preserve and call Koreshan rangers if you need information on park at 863-386-6094

Similar Products Used:

collier-seminole state park, caloosahatchee regional park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
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