Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Briggs Boardwalk

Roughly midway on the trail, Briggs Boardwalk visitors  stop to look for water birds in the brackish marsh. PHOTOS BY JOAN AND CARL KELLY

Roughly midway on the trail, Briggs Boardwalk visitors stop to look for water birds in the brackish marsh. PHOTOS BY JOAN AND CARL KELLY

By JOAN AND CARL KELLY

Briggs Boardwalk, founded in 1960, is one of oldest trails in Collier County. It is located on Shell Island Road off Route 951, south of US 41, on the west side of the road. This walk is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

It is a short, well defined, self-guiding trail with a diverse landscape. Starting off, you will walk through oak scrub, then pine flatwoods, a hammock and some fringe marsh. In the marsh look for the mosquito fish. About mid-way on the

Briggs Boardwalk visitors stop at one of the benches and scan the shallow water below for fish and other wildlife.

Briggs Boardwalk visitors stop at one of the benches and scan the shallow water below for fish and other wildlife.

walk there is a roofed birding station overlooking a brackish pond community. Here there is a board where you can record the animals seen on the trail. Continue on the return as you go back though each community.

The Shell Island Road has a very low speed limit. The parking lot is on the right, with a port-a-potty, but there are no other amenities. The entrance to the wooden boardwalk is a sand trail about 80 steps. There are a few benches along the boardwalk for visitors to take a break.

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