Natural Florida Eco Adventures In Every Direction
Some people like to go to the gym and work out on machines or in organized exercise classes. But that structured, indoor environment isn’t suited to everyone. Sometimes, it’s nice to get outside and be more in touch with the natural environment. When visiting Naples Reserve, this second category seems to be the norm.
Naples Reserve was designed beside a tropical nature preserve and has a variety of beautiful walking and biking trails entwined throughout. Whether it’s early morning, when the birds are singing, the grass is damp with dew and the sun is just beginning to rise, or evening when the day is winding down and the sky is filled with exquisite shades of orange and pink, you’ll spot residents enjoying the year-round, outdoor lifestyle that makes life here so awesome. How residents choose to use the trails varies. Some enjoy a casual stroll, observing the exotic birds and beautiful flowers in their path. Others choose to power walk, jog or run and get their hearts beating for aerobic exercise. Still others ride their bikes and enjoy feeling the wind in their face as they coast along. No matter how they use these trails, their existence enhances how people live here. They affect the tenor of the community, helping to create a health and wellness orientation. Here, people like to get out and move—which helps them feel well and encourages them to eat healthy. It’s all part of the wellness movement that has a stronghold in this very special community.
PICAYUNE STRAND STATE FOREST
This fourth largest state forest in Florida is home to 78,000 acres of natural beauty. Known for a variety of wildlife – including the Florida panther – visitors enjoy biking, hiking and horse trails.
TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS
Situated near Marco Island, this cherished natural paradise is a network of water and mangroves full of nature and marine life. Great fishing, kayaking and boating await.
COLLIER-SEMINOLE STATE PARK
One of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. Full of plants, animals and history, this park offers campgrounds with great amenities.
ROOKERY BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESERVE
Managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Office in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this undisturbed mangrove estuary is located at the northern tip of the Ten Thousand Islands. A favorite for paddleboarders, just 10 minutes from Naples Reserve.
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
An important habitat for endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther, The Everglades span across 1.5 million acres and offer countless things to see and do. Access from I-75 provides a glimpse into this pristine natural wonderland.
Because Naples Reserve is adjacent to the Picayune Strand State Forest and just around the corner from the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve, it’s home to miles and miles of cycling and walking trails filled with ample opportunity for bird watching, fitness workouts and getting to know the natural neighbors. Pick your favorite or mix it up. Enjoy all the beauty that these South Naples adventures have to offer every day. The expansive network of trails on the waters are equally as impressive. You might just trade your bike pedals for a paddle once you arrive in South Naples. Click here to explore more.