Hours and Admission

OPEN:

Thursday - Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

CMNC will be CLOSED:

New Years Day
Fourth of July
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Admission:

$8.00 ~ Adults
$3.00 ~ 5 to 12 years old
Free under 5

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Nature Trails at Crowley

The self-guided nature trail winds through CMNC property from high and dry pine flatwoods, through the shady oak hammock, over the Maple Branch swamp, and out to the edge of the expansive Tatum Sawgrass Marsh along the Myakka River. The wide trails offer easy and pleasant walking conditions that are enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Visitors are provided with a booklet for the self-guided trail that details much of the native flora and fauna that might be seen. Below are the main parts of the trail that visitors enjoy.

Pine Level Trail

The self-guided walk starts right outside the office door on the Pine Level Trail.  This trail is an authentic portion of the wagon trail pioneer settlers used to travel from Pine Level, then the county seat, to the coastal settlement of Braidentown (today's Bradenton). The Pine Level Trail is a preserved piece of history within the Center, allowing visitors to walk a portion of the trail just as the pioneers once did.

The Boardwalk

One of our star attractions is the 1/2 mile Boardwalk, which traverses Oak Hammock, Maple Branch Swamp and the Tatum Sawgrass Marsh. A comfortable elevated walkway, the boardwalk allows visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of the swamp without getting their feet wet and without harming delicate life below.  Benches placed at comfortable intervals allow for rest, quiet contemplation, and wildlife viewing.

Observation Tower

A two story observation tower at the end of the boardwalk is a favorite spot for birders, providing a panoramic view of the marsh with the Myakka River in the distance. During the early summer, visitors can enjoy the vast stretch of blooming swamp hibiscus that fills the marsh with soft pink.  In the winter months, guests often find white pelicans, roseate spoonbills and wood storks by the river.  Flying overhead, one can observe bald eagles, red shouldered hawks, ospreys and other birds of prey.

Recent Sightings

We keep a log of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, blooming plants and unique animal behaviors here at Crowley. 


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