Journey into a 3,400-acre wetland ecosystem on a mile-long boardwalk trail. Enjoy overlooks, plants and wildlife and free guided walks year-round. Group programs/tours by reservation only. Visit the Center for hands-on displays and more!
Boardwalk Hours: Dawn to Dusk, every day
Interpretive Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Closed: Mondays)
The Interpretive Center will be CLOSED for the following holidays: Memorial Day (5/29), Independence Day (7/4), Labor Day (9/4), Veterans Day (11/10), Thanksgiving (11/23 & 11/24), Christmas 12/22, 12/25), and New Year's (12/29, 1/1)
What is a Slough? (pronounced "slew")
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is over 3,500 acres of intermingled wetland and upland ecosystems. The appearance of the Slough changes with the seasons from dry (October-May) to wet (June-September). During the rainy time of year, the cypress slough catches and slowly filters rainwater on its way towards Estero Bay. Animals adapted to life in wetlands, like alligators, turtles, otters, and wading birds, live at the Slough year-round. Additionally, many types of migratory birds use the Slough as a rest stop and feeding area.
Things to Do
Know Before You Go:
Parking fee: $1 per hour per vehicle, maximum $5 for the day.
*Riding your bike to the Preserve does not require a parking fee. Two bike racks are available to lock up your bike once you arrive. Riding or walking bikes along the boardwalk is not allowed. A bike path is located along Six Mile Cypress Parkway.
The following are not allowed in the Preserve:
The following are not allowed on the boardwalk:
*Please respect the space and quiet observation needs of individual visitors by limiting cell phone use on the boardwalk to EMERGENCIES ONLY.
*Double-wide strollers are not recommended for use on the boardwalk.
Public Guided Walks
No Guided Walk on Christmas Day
Registration: Opens 30 minutes prior to the guided walk at the boardwalk entrance. Registration is NOT taken by phone or in the Interpretive Center.
Limit: First 20 people who arrive, with a maximum of 10 people per guide.
Distance: 3/4 of a mile
Duration: 90 minutes
Payment: Guided walks are FREE with your paid parking of $1/hour/vehicle. Allow at least 2 hours.
May-October: Every Wednesday and 4th Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Arrival 15 minutes prior to guided walk is encouraged.
April, November and December: Daily at 9:30 a.m. Arrival 30 minutes prior to guided walk is encouraged.
January-March: Daily at 9:30 a.m. AND 1:30 p.m. Carpooling is strongly recommended. Arrival 30 minutes prior to guided walk is encouraged.
For Registration Assistance:
On weekdays - 239-533-7275
On weekends, call any of the main Recreation Centers:
Field Trips & Group Tours
General Information: Open Year-Round
Suitable for Ages: All Ages
Time To Experience Activity: 1 - 2 Hours
Hours: Boardwalk Hours: Dawn - Dusk 7 days a week. Interpretive Center Hours: Tues - Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Dates Closed: open all year
Designations: South Florida Birding Trail
Disabled Traveler Information: ADA Compliant, Handicapped Parking, Wheelchair-Friendly
Guest Information: Family Friendly
Activities: Birding, Children's Programs, Natural Wildlife Viewing
Facility Amenities: Bus Parking, Covered Pavilion, Gift Shop, Indoor Activity, Parking, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Restrooms
Category: City/County Park, Hiking/Nature Trails, Nature Interpretive Center, Nature Preserve, Protected Species Habitat
Tour Information: Customized Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours