Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

6 Mile Cypress Sough


I really wanted to see an alligator in the wild while I was in Florida. We decided out best shot would be at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. The price was right too. Only $1/hr for parking, up to 5 hours... We only stayed 1hr. You can't beat that price for 3 people!

We arrived early afternoon and for the most part, had the place to ourselves. For those that don't know, a slough (pronounced "slew") is basically a swap. This one has a depth of 2 to 3 feet of water and is  comparable to a wide, shallow stream.

There were two lake/small pond areas with a whole lot of swamp in between. The first (bigger) pond /lake, is where we spotted the alligators. In the middle of the pond there were two floating decks where the alligators could climb up and sun themselves. We saw one big gator out there, and decided to get a better look and a different viewing deck. We followed the boardwalk and heard some major rustling around in the bushes, off to the side with no rail. I was definitely thinking it was a monster alligator, but it just turned out to be a bunch of hogs. Luckily they had their faces in the dirt and didn't even glance up at us once as we passed by.

6 Mile Cypress Sough

We finally made our way to the other look-out spot, which didn't give us any better of view. He was too far away. Binoculars would have been nice to have!


...It was okay though, because we turned around and saw baby alligators right near the walk way! All we had to do was look down and they were right there.

6 Mile Cypress Sough

We walked to the smaller pond area, but didn't see any more gators. Very pretty scenery though. It was a great little park! They had a nice visitor center as well.

6 Mile Cypress Sough

I'd definitely recommend this little park if you are nearby! There is also an Earth Cache there. Due to time time and lack of motivation(oh my goodness was it humid) I didn't go after it.

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! We went to a similar place in South Carolina and found out how pretty a swamp can be, and saw a few alligators too. :)

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  2. As many times as I've been to Sanibel, I've never visited the Preserve. I have a blogger friend who lives there tho and she visits it all the time. I love your shot down the wooden walkway. Have you done any of the caches on Sanibel?

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  3. @Mari, it is indeed pretty! Surprisingly not too buggy when were there ;-)

    @Kim, I got the light house virtual on sanibel (i'll probably blog about it soon!), but I was with a non-caching friend who was driving, so I didn't want to make her drive all around and hunt for them with me. She was a good sport though for the ones we did get ;-) the ones I got were mostly more near Ft. Myers.

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  4. That looked like a lot of fun!

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  5. Ahh, so crazy! I love places like that. It reminds me of Myrtle Beach- I saw alligators there too. Very cool. And? I didn't know slough was prn. slew!

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