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Southwest Florida Land Preservation Trust

Overview

Taking advantage of the natural beauty along the Gordon River in one of the last unspoiled areas of urban Naples, the Gordon River Greenway stretches over two miles from Golden Gate Parkway toward the heart of Naples, ending at Central Avenue. Weaving among the mangroves and other native plants, the Greenway features:

  • paved pathways
  • canoe and kayak launch scenic overlooks
  • picnic shelter areas
  • wildlife viewing stations
  • decorative bridges
  • benches
  • educational signage and interpretive graphics
  • restrooms and other amenities
  • rear entrance access to the Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida
  • access to the Naples Dog Park

The Greenway has been built to accommodate individuals and families enjoying a variety of activities. The 12-foot wide pathways and 10 foot wide elevated boardwalks are ideal for walkers, hikers, joggers, cyclists, in-line skaters, and skateboarders. They are wide enough for parents pushing baby carriages, people walking dogs as well as individuals in wheelchairs.

Greenways are attractive spots for birders, nature photographers and other artists, environmental and “greening” enthusiasts, and travelers who seek out new greenways and trails to explore.

From the launch area, paddlers in canoes and kayaks have access to a new landscape to explore.  Guided kayak tours are available through the Conservancy of Southwest Florida (239) 213-2500 located next door to the Goodlette Road entrance to the Gordon River Greenway. Must book tour 48 hours in advance. Unguided 2-hour Kayak rentals through the Conservancy are available to Conservancy members only and can be rented online: https://www.conservancy.org/nature-center/kayaks/rentals.

Guests that don’t feel like paddling can reserve one of three types of eco tours offered through the Conservancy (239) 213-2500. Conservancy naturalists and a Coast-Guard-certified captain guide you through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II, a comfortable 35-passenger pontoon boat. See some of the most spectacular waterways, wading birds and perhaps even a dolphin!