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The Gordon River Greenway offers an easy and convenient taste of the Florida wild through a 126-acre natural area in the heart of Naples. The first phase of the pathway opened in 2014 and the pavement is silky smooth and 12 feet wide, winding through a mixture of palm trees, pine flatwoods, and scrubland. The trail is interspersed with elevated boardwalk sections over wetlands, where you can watch for birds, tortoises, and other wildlife. Bump-outs on bridge crossings over the Gordon River provide spots to fish or simply enjoy the views.
It’s truly a refreshing experience: lush, green, and well-maintained with frequent covered benches to stop and take it all in. Open daily until 10 p.m., the trail is well-lighted and feels safe for nighttime excursions as well. Several access points with parking, bike racks, restrooms, and drinking fountains make the trail doable for most ages and abilities. Situated nearby, the Naples Zoo and a canoe and kayak launch offer additional opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The trail now extends to the south end of the airport where it circles 2 small ponds; and to the west it crosses back over the Gordon River along a gorgeous new bridge. On the other end of the bridge is Baker's Park, which is under construction. Gordon Park is bordered by Central Avenue, Goodlette-Frank Rd. and the new Greenway Bridge.
From US 41 (Tamiami Trail), turn east onto Golden Gate Parkway (County Road 886). Drive on the parkway for 1 mile until you see the entrance for Gordon River Greenway Park on your right (the south side of the roadway). This is the northern trailhead and parking area for the greenway.
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