Truth is, there are a lot more than just ten thousand islands out there. As you are moving over the blue green waters towards the edge of the islands you will experience a sort of deja vu. Yes, you have been here before! The imprint this place has left on your soul is downright primal. Here is a corner of earth that seems to have maintained the integrity of its early natural state for thousands of years. Begin your Ten Thousand Islands experience with the Marsh Trail. This 2.4 mile hike takes you down the old oil well road, amid the marshes and gives you the opportunity to climb the observation tower for bird watching, photography and viewing.
From I-75 in Naples, take the last exit eastbound (Collier Blvd) before the toll road (Alligator Alley). Head south on Collier Blvd to its junction with US 41. Turn left. Set your trip odometer – the paved parking area along the Tamiami Trail is easy to miss if you don’t realize it’s coming up quick. It’s 11 miles east along US 41, passing the turnoffs for Goodland and Collier-Seminole State Park, before you reach the parking area around MM 31.