CREW Bird Rookery Swamp:
The 12-mile loop is dry. The section between points “B” and “E” has several washouts where it may be muddy after rain.
The entire 12-mile trail is clearly marked with letters to help you gauge your distances. The Purple trail connects CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail to the CREW Flint Pen Strand trails. The Purple trail distance is 3.1 miles to the main parking lot at CREW Flint Pen Strand starting from the intersection above point E. The Purple trail is still wet, with few higher dry sections.
Be aware that alligators will warm themselves on the trail. Please do not attempt to force them to move when you pass.
CREW Marsh Trails:
Trails are mostly dry, with exceptions at low spots and near wetlands such as the red loop. The green loop has some mud but will continue to dry down.
CREW Cypress Dome Trails:
Trails are mostly dry, with exceptions at low spots and near wetlands such as the white loop. The green and yellow loops are completely dry.
Check HUNT DATES. Trails are open to everyone during hunting season, however, if you prefer a trail without hunting, try the CREW Marsh Trails around the corner on Corkscrew Rd.
CREW Flint Pen Strand Trails:
Trails are dry. The Purple Trail connecting to CREW Bird Rookery Swamp is dry with some mud toward the trail’s end. This trail is often the last to completely dry down.
The Red, Yellow, Blue and Orange Trails experienced wildfire (3/26/22) and the SFWMD are in the process of repairing the firebreaks.
Check HUNT DATES. Hunting takes place north of CREW Flint Pen Strand trail systems. Please stay on the designated trails. The trails are narrow and winding with some sand and roots/rocks.
Trail distances are calculated from the Main parking lot. The Purple trail hike is 3.1 miles to CREW Bird Rookery Swamp and 3.1 miles back. If you choose to hike the “loop” of CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail, you will add 7.5 miles to your distance.