SCCF Walking Trails
SCCF has 4 miles of trails at the Nature Center on Sanibel-Captiva Road, a .6-mile trail in the Periwinkle/Blue Skies Preserves on Periwinkle Way and two short (around 500 feet) trails on the Bob Wigley Preserve that are open to the public. There are also trails in the Sanibel Gardens Preserve, managed by SCCF and the City of Sanibel, which are accessible from Island Inn Road. PDF map
showing locations of all walking trails on Sanibel (SCCF, "Ding" Darling and the City)
Nature Center Trails
Periwinkle Blue Skies Preserve Trail
Bob Wigley Preserve
The Center Tract is a restored cross-section of rare and unique interior, wetland and upland habitats. It is open to members (free) and visitors ($5/adult, children under 17 free) and includes 4 miles of nature trails, boardwalks and an observation tower overlooking the Sanibel River. Guided trail walks are offered regularly throughout the year, but visitors may take self-guided tours. At the beginning of the trails an ethnobotany garden contains plants that have been used by humans for centuries and interpretive signage describes medicinal properties of the plants.
Click here for a printable Adobe PDF of the Nature Trails map
The Shipley Trail, at SCCF's Bailey Homestead Preserve, opened in March 2014. It connects two City of Sanibel parks: Roadside City Park on Periwinkle and Pond Apple Park/Trail, which begins at the Chamber of Commerce. The trails are connected by the Starr D. Thomas
Memorial Boardwalk, which was built through a partnership between SCCF and the City.
The Shipley Trail crosses some old-growth upland areas and passes the windmill on the Bailey Homestead. Please note that the Bailey Homestead is still undergoing site work and is not yet open to the public.
The Periwinkle Nature Trail is a .6 mile long loop trail on the Periwinkle Blue Skies Preserve, on Periwinkle Way. After Hurricane Charley in 2004, the remaining Australian Pines were removed from this area and planting work began to create an approximately seven-acre tropical hardwood hammock.
Since that time, over five thousand trees and shrubs have been planted. In time this hammock will be dominated by a canopy of Live Oak and Mastic with dozens of other species of native plants mixed in. The hammock area will provide a haven for wintering and migratory songbirds. The trail winds through this area and provides the opportunity to see many uncommon species of tropical plants and the bird life they attract.
The Periwinkle Blue Skies Preserve Trail can only be accessed by foot or on bike from Periwinkle Way. Look for the gazebo, which is across the street (and a little to the west) from Sanibel Community Church.
Left: The Periwinkle Trail (at top in the illustration).
Bob Wigley Preserve
This 27-acre preserve is named in honor of Bob Wigley, a beloved islander known for his quiet and generous support of local causes and neighbors in need. There are two short trails, one leading to a gazebo and a second leading to an overlook on the Sanibel River.
Its purchase by SCCF in 2007 completed the acquisition of 6.5 miles of land along the Sanibel River corridor. This land will be preserved in perpetuity as native wildlife habitat. The Bob Wigley Preserve, which consists of three tracts -- the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Tract, the John and Mary Jo Boler Family Tract, and the Pete & Pat Allen Family Tract -- was dedicated on January 19, 2009.
The Bob Wigley Preserve is accessible by foot or on bike on Casa Ybel Road, near Periwinkle.