Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center: Alligator Creek Preserve

10941 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda, 33955
(941) 575-5435
Trail Hours
Daily, sunrise to sunset
Gate Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Sunday: gate closed, but walk through available from sunrise to sunset


This small site is actually part of a much larger aquatic buffer preserve. Three loop trails offer almost 5 miles of possibilities, not including a longer spur trail into the buffer preserve itself. They will take you through very different habitat types: one through pine flatwoods that harbor Red-shouldered Hawks and Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and the other around freshwater marsh and through remnant tropical hammock where you will see wrens and vireos. You may hear or actually catch sight of an Eastern Screech-Owl. Walk carefully and be aware that there is a lot of poison ivy here.

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