Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park

It is always nice to hike new trails, on this day I headed south to a park that just opened 2 months back. Charlotte Flatwoods is 487 acres of mature pine flatwoods, hydric pine flatwoods, depressional marsh wetlands, dry prairie and permanent freshwater ponds.

As I got out of the car I was surprised to see a bald eagle soaring overhead, I knew I was in for a special hike. There were spring wildflowers growing everywhere. I spooked quail and dove as I walked the trails of this nearly vacant location. After taking a hike for a bit down one path I returned to my car and was about to start down another when I was greeted by a very nice officer with the Charlotte County Police Department. He walked the trail down to the pond with me and was checking the trail cams that they have positioned out on the trails to keep the “bad element” out of the area. He filled me in on alot of the history on the property and surrounding trails. There is no camping permitted on this land but there are just over 7 miles of trails and there are often deer, bobcat and eagles spotted here (the eagles are popular as the county dump is just down the road). I saw many signs of other critters such as turtles, and racoons. If you are looking to check out a new hike I highly suggest this one. For the trail map visit: http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/CommunityServices/ParkPages/CharlotteFlatwoods/CharlotteFlatwoodsTrailMap.pdf

For more information on the facility their website is: http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/CommunityServices/ParkPages/CharlotteFlatwoods/

For photos from this trip visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150272754936982.392140.123289366981&l=3f67a352b5

Interested in hiking this trail but don’t want to go alone -contact Jeanene at Not a Clue Adventures! http://www.notaclueadventures.com

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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