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The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Ft. Myers is located off Six Mile Cypress Pkwy about 2 miles north of Daniels Pkwy. The slough is a wetland composed of swamps, ponds, hardwood forests and a large lake. The Slough was created by a joint effort between the Lee County Govt., South Florida Water Management District, and other groups to create a natural park in heavily developed South Ft. Myers. The preserve has a 2-3 mile wooden boardwalk with a canopy of trees that winds through the swampland. It’s a great place to take a nature walk, see some wildlife and take a look at old Florida with it’s swamps, and shallow water wetlands. The slough is part of the Florida Birding Trail that lists the best places in Florida to view birds. The slough contains White Egrets, Blue Herons, Anhingas, Turtles and other wildlife. The preserve is also filled with many native trees such as Bald Cypress, Pop Ash, Oak and Maples trees. The slough is very visitor friendly with paved parking, indoor bathrooms and a deck in the back of the visitor center with shaded seating. There is an indoor interpretive center showing murals and pictures of wildlife and trees in a natural swampland. During season they are also tour guides to explain the various types of trees, shrubs, birds, and other features of the park. Bring a few dollars for parking.