Mound Key

Fort Myers, Florida 33919

Mound Key

Mound Key Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Mound Key in Estero Bay is the site of large Indian shell mounds, dating to 1400 BC. The main village of the Calusa tribe was located here, and the 125-acre site is protected by the state as a historical landmark. The northern mound is about 28 feet high; the southern one is 40 feet high, one of the tallest in Florida.

A canal that once joined the two mounds is now little more than a marshy area. Some of the largest gumbo limbo trees to be found are on Mound Key—some as tall as 50 feet and 10 feet around. Gumbo limbo trees are sometimes known as “tourist trees” because their skin is red and peeling. The wood used to be used for carving American carousel horses."

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Fun trail with 4 kiosks with info on the history of the island. There are two trailheads reachable from the shore . The NE trail head is hidden in a cove where as the SW trail head is easier to find as it has small white buoys marking the beach. There are some hills to navigate which can be a challenge for some. I would do it again.

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Trail Information

Fort Myers
Nearby City
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Class I
Tidal range 4–5 feet
Tidal Information
Watch for speeding boats in deep water, and oyster beds in shallows.
Waterproof Charts #25E (inset C); NOAA chart #11426
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