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Distance

4.11 nm

Elevation gain

3 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

3 ft

Max elevation

49 ft

Trailrank

30

Min elevation

-28 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of NWR 4 to Port of the Islands: 21 AUG 2021 06:22
  • Photo of NWR 4 to Port of the Islands: 21 AUG 2021 06:22
  • Photo of NWR 4 to Port of the Islands: 21 AUG 2021 06:22
  • Photo of NWR 4 to Port of the Islands: 21 AUG 2021 06:22
  • Photo of NWR 4 to Port of the Islands: 21 AUG 2021 06:22
  • Photo of NWR 4 to Port of the Islands: 21 AUG 2021 06:22

Time

2 hours 21 minutes

Coordinates

382

Uploaded

August 21, 2021

Recorded

August 2021
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49 ft
-28 ft
4.11 nm

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near Weavers Station, Florida (United States)

The National Wildlife Refuge sits on the south side of US-41 and runs from Collier Seminole State Park about 5 miles to Port of the Islands. In that 5 mile stretch, there are 4 canoe trails headed south into the marshes. The trails are navigable only during the wet season or after heavy rains. Two trails, 1 and 3, are accessible from the roadside. Trail 4 is protected by a guardrail, and Trail 2 is from a 20-car parking lot at the “Marsh Trail.”

National Wildlife Refuge trail #4 is 1.8 miles past the Marsh Trail parking lot entrance on US 41 headed east. Park on the south side of US41 – back up to the launch behind the guardrail or past there if it’s crowded. There's a marker that says NWR Canoe Trail 4. The launch is gravel and well protected into a narrow channel through a cattail marsh to the south. There are no markers until you get past the cattail marsh, about half a mile. Turn east (left)at around the first pipe marker. The trail toward Port of the Islands is unmarked and in areas hard to follow. Take a GPS or aerial photo. The tidal current in the creeks can get pretty strong. We usually see gators at Port of the Islands.

As you can see from the GPS track, there are a few places where alternate routes are available, and there are a few more than are shown.

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