Swamp Tromp in the Green Swamp
Explore like the early settlers of Florida once did. Hike; yes HIKE through the Green Swamp!
Day 2 Excursion NatureFest
Wade through water over your boots while learning about the importance of this unique ecosystem, The Liquid Heart of Florida. It is not every day that you will find yourself taking the road less traveled, so do not miss out on this excursion. During this excursion cypress knees are not the only knees getting wet. Yes, you will get wet up to your knees, if you so choose. All are encouraged to Swamp Tromp into a tranquil cypress dome.
Green Swamp East
From US 98 North, turn right onto Rock Ridge Road. Follow Rock Ridge Road 5.4 miles. At the fork in the road turn left to stay on Rock Ridge Road. The entrance to the Green Swamp East is 4.7 miles east on the left side of the road.
Your Excursion Guide
Paul Elliot and Karen Gruenhagen
Paul has been hiking in the Green Swamp for almost 32 years. As the land manager for the Green Swamp for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Paul is the perfect guide. He has over 35 years of experience as a wildlife biologist. If you are looking for a guide that can show you the magic of the Green Swamp, we’ve found him. Paul knows the history of the swamp, how the swamp works, and why still today the Swamp still needs our protection. From the pitcher plants scattered in the wet prairies, to the Tillandsia in the canopy; Paul will provide you an experience you will not forget. Come see the butterflies and wildflowers.
Karen, a wetland scientist for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, has been wading in Florida’s wetlands for over 20 years. Set within large expanses of pine flatwoods, the wetlands of the Green Swamp are the some of the finest to be seen. Come get your feet wet and experience some of Florida’s wetlands up close and personal.
What To Expect?
You will get wet up to your knees, maybe higher if you so choose. An intact ecosystem, the Green Swamp attracts many types of wildlife. Wading bird rookeries are used by wood storks, a variety of egrets and white ibis. Threatened Florida scrub-jays inhabit scrub and scrubby flatwoods. A small population of insect-eating hooded pitcher plants marks one of the southernmost occurrences of these rare plants in the United States. The beautiful pine lily is in bloom late fall, early winter.
What To Bring?
Comfortable Walking Shoes, Water Bottle, Binoculars, Camera, Snacks and Brown Bag Lunch, Rain Gear, Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses, Insect Repellent. Dry change of clothes and shoes.
Green Swamp East off of Rockridge Road