Amberjack Environmental Park

At Amberjack Environmental Park, a surprising collision of scrub and mangrove habitats occurs in Rotunda amid 225 acres of conservation land on high ground in the Cape Haze peninsula of Charlotte County. Accessed via a boardwalk through a mangrove tunnel, Amberjack Slough provides a prominent feature at the north end of the park, an excellent spot for birding. Elsewhere, the landscape is open and panoramic, with pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, and scrub.


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Location: Rotunda
Length: Up to 5.6 miles
Lat-Long: 26.872105,-82.300047
Type: loop
Fees / Permits: free
Difficulty: moderate
Bug factor: moderate
Restroom: none

Trail intersections are not all marked and may be confusing; we inadvertently cut our hike short by reaching a 5-way trail intersection with no blazing whatsoever. Blaze post colors may not match those shown on the official park map.

Amberjack Environmental Park website
Download a map of all trails in Amberjack Environmental Park (PDF)


From CR 775 south of Englewood, turn west on Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Follow this road for 1.2 miles through residental neighborhoods until it ends at the park entrance. Park near the kiosk to follow the hiking route shown on this map. There are several different entrances to different loops, and they are not marked.


0.0kiosk at parking area
0.2junction pink/pink/pink
0.3start of boardwalk
0.3observation deck on Amberjack Slough
0.5junction pink/pink/pink
0.5junction at Marker Q
0.6junction at Marker P
0.7junction at Marker O
0.8junction with marker (no letter)
0.9unmarked junction of 5 trails
1.1gate at parking area

Trail Map

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