Summer Rains Mean Wet Trails

Wet trailhead CDT June 30 2014As the rainy season picks up and we get rain events bringing 3 or 4 or more inches at a time, the CREW Trails, as you can imagine, begin to get wet. As of this week (July 1, 2014) trail conditions are as follows:

At the CREW Marsh Trails:

  • Marsh Trail and Alternative Marsh Trail – Some dry spots, but puddles and stretches of several inches of water to a foot deep in places along the marsh edge.
  • Oak Hammock Trail – One to 4 inches deep in places.
  • Pine Flatwoods Trail – One to four inches deep in places.
  • Campsite Gate 3 – needs 4-WD vehicle to access.

At the Cypress Dome Trails:

  • Green and White Loops – completely under water, depth from one to 6 inches.
  • Blue shortcut from Yellow to Green Loop – inundated with 3 to 6 inches of water.
  • Yellow Loop – some dry patches, wet in low areas near seasonal ponds.
  • All trails mowed on June 26th.
  • Campsite – dry and accessible.

At Bird Rookery Swamp:

  • Most of the trail is still dry. A few soft and wetter spots between map points 3 and 6.
  • Water rising fast.
  • Grass getting tall.

Of course, how wet the trails are depends on the frequency and amount of rain. A few days without and it’ll dry down. But as the ground gets saturated, even small rain events will fill the low spots with water.

Either way – wet or dry, summer is abuzz with life on the trails. So , come get your feet wet and enjoy the essence of summer in the swamps and marshes of CREW!


Eagle Scout Project Beautifies Cypress Dome Trailhead

Eagle Scout candidate, Kevin Link, completed an outstanding project at the CREW Cypress Dome Trails last week. Here, he shares some of the process via video. Thanks to Kevin and all of his team for an extraordinary project to help beautify and provide shade and seating at the Cypress Dome Trailhead and parking area and to help educate people about native plants and landscaping.

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Volunteer for Trail Clean Up Day – Nov. 5

Want to make a difference? Come on out to CREW for our annual Trail Clean Up Day on November 5, 2011 – 8:00!

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the CREW Trails for the winter/spring hiking season. Volunteers will weed whack, pull exotic plants, trim branches from trails, help install signs, remove debris, sweep boardwalk, repair signs and interpretive structures, pick up trash along Corkscrew Road, and more…

FGCU students can earn service-learning hours! Bring your forms with you….

We’ll organize into teams and divide up work. The CREW Trust will provide water and snacks.  Pre-registration is required so we can assign people to teams. To register, please call 239-657-2253 or email

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