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