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Take a Hike on Nov. 17: National Hiking Day

November 9, 2021

The weather in Southwest Florida is perfect for enjoying the outdoors. People from all over the world come to experience Sanibel’s and Captiva’s stunning beaches and waterways. What some miss on our islands are the welcoming inland nature trails and preserves. These natural green spaces are worth a detour off the beaten path. While you may not see as many shells or shorebirds, you are likely to see an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), a river otter (Lontra canadensis), pileated woodpecker (D. pileatus), an array of migrating songbirds and all types of native flora, such as wild cotton (Gossypium hirsutum), wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa), and other discoveries on a walk in the Sanibel woods.

Did you know that Wednesday, Nov. 17, is National Hiking Day? Take the opportunity to visit SCCF’s Shipley Trail or Periwinkle Preserve Trail to explore the beauty of our natural world. Sanibel has miles of trails to explore. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while observing the beautiful coastal plants and wildlife residing on Sanibel.


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