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The Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk trail

The Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk trail

The Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk trail begins at the sanctuary visitor center. It is an astounding two-mile loop through various habitats, staying high above the mud, water, and alligators.

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida

Date photographed: March 14, 2015
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Boardwalk spur leads to a plume hunter's camp

Boardwalk spur leads to a plume hunter's camp

A spur boardwalk trail leads to the site of an old "plume hunter" campsite. The preserve was originally established to protect egrets and other birds from hunters seeking feathers used to adorn fashionable lady's hats.

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida

Date photographed: March 14, 2015
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Tall grass between the swamp forests

Tall grass between the swamp forests

Tall grass grows lushly in between the forested areas at Corkscrew Swamp.

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida

Date photographed: March 14, 2015
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Boardwalk through a pond cypress swamp

Boardwalk through a pond cypress swamp

Pond cypress grows on the edge of the cypress groves, where the water isn't as deep as in the center. The trees in this section doesn't grow as large or as tall as the bald cypress in deeper water.

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida

Date photographed: March 14, 2015
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Patches of mud are all that remain

Patches of mud are all that remain

In March, near the end of the dry season, patches of mud replace standing water in some parts of the swamp. Moving through these swamps without a boardwalk must be very difficult.

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida

Date photographed: March 14, 2015
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Massive bald cypress trees in the Corkscrew Swamp

Massive bald cypress trees in the Corkscrew Swamp

The pride of the Corkscrew Swamp sanctuary are a dozen or so massive bald cypress trees, many of them named for scientists and conservationists. The largest are over one hundred feet tall and eight feet in trunk diameter.

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida

Date photographed: March 14, 2015
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