Located on 3,000 acres of pine flatwoods, cabbage palm and oak
hammock, freshwater and saltwater marsh, and mangrove swamp, this
center features hiking trails, a visitor center, and a museum annex
with a touch tank, mounts of local birds, and fossils. There is a
From December through April, bald eagles nest in the park. Gopher
tortoises inhabit the flatwoods, as do snakes, including the rare
eastern indigo snake. Woodpeckers are abundant year-round,
and migratory warblers flit through the oak hammock in the
spring. Bobcats prowl in the early morning hours. Herons and egrets
fish in the marshes.
Department of Environmental Protection; managed by Charolotte
Harbor Environmental Center, Inc.
From Punta Gorda, take U.S. Highway 41 southeast, then turn south
on Burnt Store Road (Florida Highway 765). The entrance is 1
mile ahead, on the west side of the road.
Florida Wildlife Sites