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CREW Marsh Trails are open one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset
This trail is part of the CREW Marsh Area, containing approximately six miles of primitive trails. This trail system is free and open to the public. One port-a-potty is available at the trailhead and a kiosk at the trailhead provides maps and information for visitors. There are no trash cans on the trails or at the trailhead; please follow all Leave No Trace principles.
The southern trek of the loop is alongside the marsh. Be prepared for a bit of mud or standing water; depending on the time of the year, it maybe un-passable.
This is a great trail in the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW). The Marsh Loop Trail extends off of the south side of the Pine Flatwoods Trail
. This is very flat trail with minimal obstructions. The trail traverses through Pine and Palm scrub land then skits alongside a Sawgrass marsh at the southern edge of the loop. Be prepared for some a bit of mud (in the winter months) and standing water (in the summer months).
There is an overlook on the southwestern corner of the loop that lets visitors be at treetop to look over the marsh.
Flora & Fauna
The CREW Marsh Trails are part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Woodpeckers, flycatchers, warblers, hawks and owls are frequently spotted along with Swallow tailed kites, who nest here each spring.
Lots of Pine and Palm scrub is in the area and sawgrass at the marsh area. Very low undergrowth (under 10 feet tall) for the majority of the loop. This is an active black bear and panther area and many trail cameras are out to record their passing. Deer and small mammal tracks can be found in the mud along the east and south portions of the loop. Having the southern edge of the trail alongside of a marsh, depending on the time of year, alligators may be present in that area.
Shared By: Matt McCreary