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Visitors to the Randell Research Center can tour the Calusa Heritage Trail, a 0.9 mile interpretive walkway that leads visitors through the mounds, canals, and other features of the Pineland archaeological site.

The Calusa Heritage Trail is now open from sunrise to sunset. The store, classroom and restrooms are still closed. Bicycles are not allowed on the trail. Visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distancing and avoid touching handrails or signage to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

The Calusa Heritage Trail was sponsored by Dwight and Susan Sipprelle and funded in part by a Special Category Grant from the Florida Department of State, Office of Cultural and Historical Programs, Division of Historical Resources, and through in-kind services and the efforts of many volunteers.

Museum-quality interpretive signs along the Trail provide visitors with detailed information regarding the Calusa Indians who inhabited the Pineland site, their culture and environment, and the history of Southwest Florida after the Calusa left.  The trail also features observation platforms atop the site’s tallest shell mound, in addition to trail-side  benches and a boardwalk and bridge over low-lying areas.  Parking is available inside the main gate to the Randell Research Center at 13810 Waterfront Drive.  Public restrooms and picnic facilities are also provided.

Interpretive sign at foot of Smith Mound, Calusa Heritage Trail. (Photo by W. Marquardt.)