At Amberjack Environmental Park, 225 acres of conservation land protects the high ground in the Cape Haze Peninsula.
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 along the trail system, the landscape is open and panoramic, with pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, and scrub.
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Length: 5.6 mile trail system
Address: 6450 Gasparilla Pines Blvd, Rotunda
Restroom: at the visitor center
Land manager: Charlotte County
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, which you can download from our link at the bottom of the page.
From CR 775 south of Englewood, turn east on Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Follow this road for 1.2 miles through residential neighborhoods until it ends at the park entrance. Park near the kiosk to follow the hiking route shown on the trail map. There are several different entrances to different loops, and they are not marked.
Details to be added soon.
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