Kirby Storter Roadside Park

Boardwalk trail, Cypress swamp, 'gator hole, pond surrounded by Spanish moss-draped cypress trees
Kirby Storter trail offers a short walk to experience the beauty of the cypress swamp.

NPS Photo/ Gustave Pellerin

 

Need to Get out of the Car and Stretch? Stop at Kirby Storter

Approximately halfway through your drive across Big Cypress along Highway 41, Kirby Storter Park provides travelers with shaded picnic areas, a vault toilet and a non-strenuous one-mile round trip boardwalk trail that takes you from a sawgrass prairie habitat into a lovely cypress swamp.

 
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Plaque at Kirby Storter Roadside Park

Who was Kirby Storter?

A member of one of the area's European descent pioneering families, Kirby Storter worked for several years as a carpenter and electrician for Barron Collier (the man who paid to build Highway 41). Kirby later oversaw construction of South Florida roads, including the Tamiami Trail, for the Florida Roads Department.

 
picnic tables and vault toilet at trail head
This location serves as a welcome respite from the drive across the peninsula. Picnic tables, vault toilet, ample parking and a lovely one mile round trip boardwalk trail are available.

Bring Your Camera!

One-mile, round-trip Kirby Storter Boardwalk offers an excellent opportunity to explore a mature cypress strand without getting your feet wet.

The boardwalk ends at an overlook at a gator hole, where you will often find a variety of wildlife enjoying the oasis. Although it's not a guarantee you'll see an alligator, this pond was dug out by 'gators to assure a deeper water source during the driest parts of the year. This oasis provides food and shelter for alligators and many other birds, reptiles, and mammals.

 

Click on the image below for a virtual tour of the boardwalk trail!

 

Last updated: January 3, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141

Phone:

(239) 695-2000

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