Audubon-Pennington Nature Park - Port Charlotte, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member rogueblack
N 27° 00.798 W 082° 05.126
17R E 392317 N 2988371
Quick Description: A 3/4-mile trail through preserved forest in the center of Port Charlotte in Charlotte County that's monitored by the Peace River Audubon Society.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 8:04:40 AM
Waymark Code: WM3F4Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member johmer79
Views: 48

Long Description:
Audubon-Pennington Nature Park is a 7.9-acre conservation park that is maintained by the Peace River Audubon Society. The land is a peninsula in the Elkcam waterway, providing cyprus swamps, oak hammocks, and pine flatwoods for local birds and other Florida wildlife.

The park is named after Betty Pennington. Betty Pennington loved life as a student and teacher beginning in Water Valley, Mississippi and ending at Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda. She moved to Punta Gorda with her husband Clarence, whom she met and married in Detroit in 1940. Betty went on to teach first grade in Punta Gorda from 1960 to 1968. Betty died at home after a 3-month bout with cancer. A memorial sign to Betty Pennington is fixed beneath the oak tree that was planted in her honor.

The park is open from dawn until dusk.
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 7.9 acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
The main trail is 3/4-mile and is a rough terrain that, while always clearly marked, is not handicap accessible in areas of the path. Directional signs locate specific attractions and benches are fixed periodically around the trail.

What points of interest are there?:
Oak hammocks, pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, Elkcam waterway, Giant Oak.

What activities are available?:
Hiking, bird watching, botony exploration, photography

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
Thorns, poison ivy, black widow spiders, and steep declines to the Elkcam Waterway are hazards located off the marked trail.

Dogs Allowed?: No

Is a permit/fee required?: No

Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

Hours of accessibility?: Not listed

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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