Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park: North Cape Flats Trail

Intersection of NW 40th Lane and NW 44th Place
(941) 575-5861
sunrise to sunset

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This site offers a 1.0-mile trail through predominately pine flatwoods that ends at Charlotte Harbor, where coastal berm and mudflats provide an end-of-hike treat. Plan your walk so that you arrive at low tide. As you walk through the flatwoods listen and look for Red-headed Woodpeckers, Loggerhead Shrike and Eastern Towhee. The flatwoods give way to the harbor overlook, where you will see species like American Oystercatcher and White Ibis. Plovers, including Wilson’s, Black-bellied and Semipalmated, roam the flats. Marbled Godwits are a possibility, and winter is a good time to see American White Pelicans.

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