John R. Bonner Nature Park is a small, yet charming park with a lot to offer.
In addition to a set of easy loop trails and a boardwalk, this green space has a fire pit, playground, and a kayak launch.
As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, birders may have opportunities to see an array of birds in the wooded areas, and along the waterway.
Resources for exploring the area
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Length: 0.6 mile loop
Trailhead: 27.888781, -82.838513
Address: 14444 143rd St N, Largo
Land manager: City of Largo
Open 8:00 AM -7:30 PM
From the intersection of SR 19 ALT and SR 60 in Clearwater, head south on SR 19 ALT for 3 miles, before turning right onto W Bay Dr. In 1.8 miles, make a left onto Indian Rocks Rd. Continue for 2.3 miles, then turn right onto Valentine Trail. In 0.3 mile, turn right onto 143rd St, and the entrance to the pack is at the end of the road in about 250 feet.
From the parking area, head south towards a grassy field featuring a large fire pit available for rental to small parties.
Continue along the sidewalk, passing a small pond surrounded by palms, one of which extends over the water with a bat house attached near the top.
In a short distance, turn right as the path splits, skirting an edge of the pond before entering the woods.
Shade is abundant while the trail weaves through a tropical landscape of cabbage palms, and occasional benches offer spots to take a rest.
Ferns line the pathway alongside beautyberry bushes covered with velvety leaves and clusters of shiny purple berries.
Reaching 0.2 mile, follow a crushed gravel trail to the right as it leads across the entrance road towards a loop to the east.
The scenery and terrain changes quickly, with winding branches of large oaks extending over a sandy pathway.
Turn left to start the loop, descending slightly while rounding a corner lined with attractive greenery.
Halfway around the loop, the trail crosses a sturdy wooden bridge over a small bubbling creek.
Winding through a jungle of lush foliage, the pathway crosses the creek once more before reaching the road again.
Continuing across the pavement, take an immediate right to head back towards the coast.
Before the second loop concludes, the trail passes an impressive strangler fig wrapped around a cabbage palm.
At the parking area, a long boardwalk to the west provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Sitting high above the tidal marshes, this impressive walkway leads to an observation deck, then out to the water though a forest of mangroves.
A panoramic view awaits as the boardwalk ends at a covered overlook complete with benches for quiet reflection as water laps the platform and nearby trees.
Birds navigate through the mangroves and soar in the distance, circling over a small island in the center of the waterway.
A virtual walk at John Bonner Nature Park
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