Gordon River Greenway in Naples Florida is a three mile trail starting from Golden Gate Parkway, heading towards Naples and stretches its way to Central avenue. It sits on a 126 acre piece of land peppered with Mangrove and other natural plants. It features a wildlife viewing stations, paved pathways, decorative bridges, interpretive graphics, educational signage, playground, restrooms, kayak and canoe launch, benches, picnic areas and a back entrance to Naples Zoo and south-west conservancy.
The trail has been designed to accommodate both families and individuals who seek to participate in fun activities. The ten foot-wide raised boardwalks and the 12ft wide pathways is perfect for joggers, walkers, hikers, in-line skaters, skateboarders and cyclists.The pathways and boardwalks are spacious enough for people in wheelchair, mothers with baby trolleys as well as dog walkers.
The source of Gordon River is located North of Pine-bridge Rd in Naples. It then minders past Naples Bay, Gordon Pass which is approximately 7 miles downstream and into the Gulf of Mexico. Its banks are dotted with rich habitat of Mangrove fringe, scrub and pine flat-woods. The natural plants that are found in this habitats are the likes of live oak, gumbo limbo, cabbage palm, slash pine, wild coffee, braken fern, myrsine, white indigo berry, saw palmetto, red mangrove, button wood, liatris and white mangrove.
There are also several wildlife that can be viewed from the trail and one of the popular ones is the crowned heron rookery. Other birds that are commonly found in this area include; the tri-colored heron, anhinga, great egret, cormorant, bald eagle, red shouldered hawk among others. The mammals include; the raccoons, opossum, fox and bobcats. Mullets, tarpon, snook, red fish, jacks, mangrove snapper and sheepshead also inhabits the river. Exotics e.g. spotted tilapia and Mayan cichlid can occasionally be seen in the river. The reptiles found here include the American alligator, Gopher tortoise, green anole, banded water snake diamondblack terrapin, red-bellied turtle and soft-shell turtle.