Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park: Old Datsun Trail

12301 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda, 33955
(941) 575-5861
sunrise to sunset

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In addition to two isolated wetlands, this site offers pine flatwoods mixed with oak/cabbage palm hammocks in an interesting example of habitat succession from agricultural fields to wild lands. A 2 mile loop trail gives you the chance to find White-eyed Vireos, Eastern Screech-owls and Great Horned Owls, and Red-shouldered Hawks in the uplands. Be sure to walk the well-marked spur trails to the wetlands for views of Green Herons, Wood Storks and White and Glossy Ibises. Watch for the occasional Swallow-tailed Kite overhead. A visit at dusk gives the opportunity to look and listen for Chuck-will’s-widows.

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