Shell Mound Trail

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Elevation Gain23ft
Trailhead Elevation3ft
Elevation Min/Max1/5ft
Elevation Start/End3/3ft

Shell Mound Trail

Shell Mound Trail is a hiking trail in Sanibel, Florida. It is within J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 3 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 23 feet.

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Hiking South Florida and the Keys (Falcon Guides)
M. Timothy O'Keefe
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"This boardwalk trail loops through a hardwood hammock that’s sustained considerable damage. In addition, some of the non-native species are being removed, so the landscape will be changing dramatically in the coming years. This hammock, growing atop a Calusa Indian shell mound, offers many tall examples of gumbo limbo, sea grape, sable palms, and live oaks. The trees provide shelter for indigo snakes, diamondback rattlesnakes, and gopher tortoises. Best known for its peeling bark, the gumbo limbo has a green bark that turns red when it peels and new layers of bark emerge. You’ll see several examples close-up since a number of the trees lean over the boardwalk, almost blocking the path." Read more

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Trail Information

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
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J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
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Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
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Dec 2018