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Visitors to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary will find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back more than 500 years. A 2.25-mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwood, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. These impressive trees, relatives of the redwood, tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. Their massive branches are draped with mosses, lichens, bromeliads and ferns. The forest is also home to hundreds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors and the fabulous Painted Bunting can be seen throughout the year. Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail.

The story of how Corkscrew Swamp became an Audubon Sanctuary is one of the important conservation successes of our time. National Audubon began protecting the wading birds nesting within Corkscrew Swamp in 1905. During the 1940's and 50's, cypress forests in Florida were being leveled for their timber. At the time, Corkscrew was isolated and almost impossible to access. Today it is an oasis in a made-over landscape.

In other areas, many of the wild swamps and much of the teeming wildlife, that were characteristic of this region less than a generation ago, are gone. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's value thus becomes more significant with every passing year. Your visit and admission fees help us preserve it for generations to come. The natural biological systems, which expand over 14,000 acres at Corkscrew, are maintained through land management practices to sustain native plants and animals found here and to preserve the natural processes that have been occurring for thousands of years. 

In 2000, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary including Panther Island received a Ramsar Designation as a Wetland of International Importance. Corkscrew is also a designated Important Bird Area and a major stop on the Florida Birding Trail.

Use the links below to plan your visit and to learn more about how  you can experience the Western Everglades at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  

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Plan Your Visit

Hours, Admission Prices, and Other Pertinent Information

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About Corkscrew's Boardwalk
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About Corkscrew's Boardwalk

Visitors to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary find a gentle, pristine wilderness.

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Blair Audubon Visitor Center
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Blair Audubon Visitor Center

State of the art, environmentally friendly, and solar powered, the Blair Audubon Visitor Center welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually.

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General Information
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General Information

All animals and plants in the sanctuary are protected. Please take only photos and memories.We recommend that you bring water, bug spray, binoculars, and a camera when you explore the boardwalk.

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Programs and Events
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Programs and Events

Discover the magic of Corkscrew through a variety of interpretive programs and special events.

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Guided Walks
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Guided Walks

The best way to experience the Western Everglades.

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Corkscrew's Ghost Orchids
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Corkscrew's Ghost Orchids

September 20, 2016: Corkscrew's Super Ghost Orchid has flowers. Please check back here for updates.

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Gallery Exhibits
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Gallery Exhibits

A different artist is featured every two months in our gallery.

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Birds of Corkscrew Swamp

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