Trail

Punta Gorda Nature Park

Punta Gorda, FL
Length: Varies

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Located in the center of Punta Gorda Isles, the largest residential community in the City,  this 19 acre park was purchased with funds from the Florida Community Trust (FCT) in the 1990’s.  The property is bordered on the north and west by residential streets, Aqui Esta Drive and Bal Harbor Boulevard, respectively, to the east, by a residential canal and to the south by residential multifamily property.  The site hosts preserved, managed and enhanced areas for a variety of educational programs and outdoor activities including, walking, bird watching, photography, environmental education and wildlife observation.  Because of this vision for the use of the site, it was named “The Punta Gorda Nature Park”.

The site establishes a unique recreation area which highlights the naturally occurring wetlands, uplands, vegetation and wildlife typical of pre-subdivided Punta Gorda.  An urban interpretative nature walk still stands in stark contrast to the mass land subdivision fabric of the surrounding neighborhood.  The site carries with it the unique characteristic of being a bicycle and pedestrian access oriented via its direct connection to the extensive Punta Gorda sidewalk system and the City’s Punta Gorda Pathways  project.  Many nature centers and wildlife preserves in Southwest Florida are only accessible by car or boat, this hidden jewel lies within close proximity to residential areas and commercial establishments.

1623 Aqui Esta Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

21 acre park situated in the center of Punta Gorda Isles neighborhood

  • Gardens – butterfly, flower, herb, & spice
  • Benches
  • Palmetto forest and salt/high marsh habitats which include a multi-use recreational trail and observation deck
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
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Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog www.summitmommy.com that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire! 

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