Florida is simply brimming with fun outdoor activities for the whole family. One place our real estate agents highly recommend visiting is Tippecanoe Environmental Park. Whether you spend an hour here or a whole day, you're bound to leave feeling relaxed and more connected to nature. Here are the key details you should know before your visit.
- Location and Logistics
Tippecanoe Environmental Park is located south of Sarasota, a few miles west of Port Charlotte homes for sale. It's not far from Port Charlotte Beach Park. In fact, you could visit both on the same day. The easiest way to reach the environmental park from Sarasota or Bradenton is to take the 41 south to Murdock.
The address is 2400 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte, FL 33948.
You can visit Tippecanoe Environmental Park between the hours of 6 am and 9 pm.
- An Overview
Tippecanoe Environmental Park is a nature preserve, which means it's protected land. It encompasses nearly 400 acres, some of which are marshes and swamps. There's also a good amount of pine forest within the preserve. This is one of the things that makes it such an appealing place to visit — you get to see several different ecosystems.
A creek called Sam Knight Creek runs through the preserve. It later feeds into Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve.
- Canoeing and Kayaking
Tippecanoe Environmental Park is a great place to paddle. You can paddle through Sam Knight Creek or through some of the deeper swamps. There are several canoe launches throughout the park that you can use. So, put your kayak on top of the car, head out for a paddle, and stop to see some Sarasota homes for sale on your way home.
- Hiking and Walking
If you're not in the mood to paddle, then you can walk through the park instead. There are about 7 miles of trails through the land. Most of the trail is packed with limestone, which makes for comfortable walking. Even when it is wet, there is very little mud to worry about. There are a few picnic areas and seating areas where you can enjoy a packed lunch or a snack.
Bug spray is highly recommended for this hike. The marshlands attract a lot of insects, including mosquitoes and black flies.
Cycling is permitted on some of the trails at Tippecanoe Environmental Park. There is a bike rack at the trailhead in case you want to bike a little, then leave your bike and hike a bit.
- Plants and Animals
There are always a lot of water birds in the park's marshlands. Watching the egrets dip their heads into the water for fish is fun. Several species of lizards and frogs call the park home, too.
Definitely take the time to stop and admire the Mangrove trees. These unique trees send shoots from their branches down into the water. Those shoots slowly develop into new roots for the tree, taking up water from the swamp.
The next time you're looking at Bradenton homes for sale, drive a little further south and visit Tippecanoe Environmental Park in Charlotte County. Whether you bring a kayak or just take a walk along the hiking trails, you'll love the natural beauty and the abundance of wildlife. Contact us if you're still looking for a place to call home. We'll tell you more about our Florida real estate services.