Whenever we go to Fort Myers for some reason I notice a sign for the Prairie Pines Preserve on the north side of town just past Del Prado Blvd. I never had the time to stop off so decided to take a trip to see what was there. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the property (2700 acres) and the facilities. I didn’t have a lot of time so I limited myself the the area within a mile of the parking lot. Recent rains also made a lot of the trails pretty swampy which was another limiting factor.
It was also mid afternoon and there wasn’t a lot of activity. The preserve is very handicap accessible with a hard shell path from the parking lot that runs in a loop around a marsh. The Great Egret above was seen from the path. There is a boardwalk over the marshy area and an observation blind just past the boardwalk. Unfortunately, that was closed due to a swarm of bees on the day I was there. I found a small alligator in the pond on the north side of the parking lot and a lot of wildflowers in bloom. Here is a small sample.