Tamiami Trail Scenic Drive

Naples, Florida 34114

Tamiami Trail Scenic Drive

Tamiami Trail Scenic Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Drive along a designated scenic highway through the Big Cypress National Preserve to Collier-Seminole State Park. This scenic highway bisects cypress strand and mixed-hardwood swamp habitats that are periodically interrupted by open, sunny prairies.

The scenic portion of Tamiami Trail begins in the east at the Forty Mile Bend as you exit the Miccosukee Indian Reservation and continues west through the Big Cypress National Preserve to Collier-Seminole State Park. It is regarded as one of the most scenic highways in Florida. Tamiami Trail was completed in 1928, and its name was taken from the two cities it connects—Tampa and Miami. An abundance of wildlife, including birds, alligators, otters, snakes, frogs, turtles, and fi sh, can be seen along this stretch of Tamiami Trail."

Tamiami Trail Scenic Drive Trip Reports

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6/17/2008
There are tons of alligators on the side of the road. Enjoyable little drive.
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Loop Road is beautiful a Cypress Swamp that takes you back in time, I lived within the National Preserve boundries while working for the goverment, the area is covered with mosquito's so dress prepared. Bear, Bobcat, Otter, Deer, Wild Pigs, Panthers I saw them all well worth a walk with the family but stay out of the grass ( It stirs up more mosquito's ) walk the road in the heat of the day (Less mosquito's) If deciding upon going into the sawgrass the area does have a few resident cottonmouths and water moccasins so be observant you will be fine. Just a Tip take a flash lite walk the road at night and shine along the roadside within the saw grass and water, a great rush you will see hundereds of eyes staring through the dark (Alligator's) their eyes turn red in the night when shined directly with light.

Reviewed by Bill Kettler
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Trail Information

Naples
Nearby City
50
Distance
3 to 4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Big Cypress National Preserve
Local Contacts
Big Cypress brochure map available free at the Big Cypress Welcome Center or the Oasis Visitor Center, or use any Florida road map
Local Maps

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