Overlooking Tampa Bay near the mouth of the Manatee River, this
memorial marks the site of DeSoto's 1539 winter encampment. Walk
the 0.5-mile self-guided trail through the mangrove wetlands.
Check the live oaks for migratory warblers in the spring and fall.
Scan the waters of Tampa Bay for porpoises. The mangrove forest and
shallow water host crabs and small fish that are a favorite food of
raccoons. The mangroves are also a good place to check for
yellow-crowned night herons. Wading birds and shorebirds forage in
the shallow water and along the beach. Great and little blue
herons, great and snowy egrets and willets are commonly spotted.
Along the trail, skinks and anoles are numerous.
National Park Service
From Bradenton, go west on SR 64 for 5 miles and turn north on
75th St. W. Travel 2.5 miles to the park entrance.
Central Florida Wildlife Sites