Parks & Recreation

Nature Trails

**Please note - this preserve contains marshland and is very swampy at certain times of the year. That means be prepared for mosquitos when you visit**

Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Rotary Park has a rugged trail that is less than one mile long and passes through uplands & salt marshes. Possible wildlife sightings include gopher tortoises, alligators, snakes and a large variety of wading & migratory birds. At times, sections of this trail may be under water, particularly during the rainy season, so visitors should wear appropriate footwear.

Also at Rotary Park is a trail known as the Glover Bight Trail. This is a boardwalk, so it is wheelchair accessible; it passes through mangrove wetlands and ends at Glover Bight. Glover Bight is a broad area of oyster bars & shallow flats that is a good area to view wading birds, especially during low tide. Both trails have observation towers that people can climb to get a bird’s eye view of the area. (Note: as of 2011 the tower at Rotary Park is no longer open to the of  2018, unfortunately, there has no meaningful progress on revamping or replacing the tower) A good time of day to come to the park is early in the morning. Walk quietly for the best chance to see wildlife. Please keep in mind these are nature trails so NO running, biking, or dogs are permitted on the trails.

Rotary Bird Sightings
The following are a list of bird species that have been spotted at Rotary Park. If you would like to add your sightings to the list please e-mail the information to:

Common Moorhen Great Egret Wood Stork Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Snowy Egret Bald Eagle American Redstart Black and White Warbler
Cedar Waxwing Mallard Duck Black Vulture Red Shouldered Hawk
American Wigeon Snowy Egret Greater Yellowlegs Downey Woodpecker
Mottled Duck Cattle Egret Lesser Yellowlegs Pileated Woodpecker
Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Comorant   White Ibis Common Ground-Dove
Blue-winged Teal Anhinga Osprey Mourning Dove
Green-winged Teal Little Blue Heron Red-shouldered Hawk Palm Warbler
Roseate Spoonbill Great Blue Heron Bald Eagle Prairie Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Tri-colored Heron Turkey Vulture Yellow-rumped Warbler
Great Crested Flycatcher   Northern Cardinal Black Vulture Gray Catbird
Reddish Egret Northern Mockingbird Eastern Phoebe Common Grackle
Common Gallinule Laughing Gull Yellow-throated Warbler Brown Thrasher
American Coot Belted Kingfisher White Pelican Purple Martin

View Map of Rotary Park

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve also has a boardwalk and a couple of great nature trails or click here to view all Walking & Nature Trails in Cape Coral.