For the adventurous, the CREW Trails have two free primitive campsites – one near the Corkscrew Marsh deep into the woods and away from traffic (at Gate 3), and one tucked into the pines near the trailhead at the Cypress Dome Trails (Gate 5).
The Gate 3 campsite is located in a beautiful oak hammock surrounded by marsh. The Gate 5 campsite is nestled among tall pines.
The sites are suitable for up to 20 people. A grill, picnic tables, and a fire ring are provided for you. There are no restroom facilities, no trash cans and no running water.
Families, scout troops, friends, and even solo campers appreciate getting away from it all at CREW. Each site is permitted to only one group at a time, up to 20 people.
All campers are expected to use Leave No Trace principles to minimize impacts to the campsites and to keep the sites in good shape for future campers. Proper disposal of waste and storage of food is critical to a good user experience. If you arrive at your camp site and find any trash or broken equipment please report the conditions to the CREW Trust office immediately, 239-657-2253.
If you’re not an experienced primitive camper, here are some resources that may help you learn the in’s and out’s of camping without water and toilets:
Join local geocachers for a fun and informative event at the CREW trails. Local experts, Milla and Pete, will be on hand to give tips and explain geocaching to new cachers. The day starts with a breakfast and meet-and-greet at 9 a.m. Bring your own GPS unit or smart phone; GPS units may be available to borrow on a limited basis.
The CREW Trust has worked diligently with the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to ensure public access and recreation opportunities on these public lands we call CREW.
There are exceptional recreational opportunities for people of all ages on over 36 miles of hiking trails, with more planned in the future. The CREW project now has four trail systems open to the public, two located off of Corkscrew Road (County Road 850), one off of Bonita Beach Road and one located off of Immokalee Road (see map above).
For more information about visiting each of the trails, click the links below.
Jim Goodwin, long-time land manager for the CREW Project, passed away in mid-July just months after his retirement from the South Florida Water Management District. He left a great legacy and his spirit will live on in the work we do as we move forward and continue to preserve and protect the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed.
Jim’s wife, Layne, has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jim’s honor to the CREW Land and Water Trust. We are honored and humbled and have set up a special Jim Goodwin Memorial Fund in his name. If you’d like to make a donation, please visit our Donate page.