Hathaway Park – East Entrance, Punta Gorda FL

The east entrance to Hathaway Park is just past the west entrance. They are seperated by a drainage canal which, on the east side, is also the kayak and canoe launch point. This side provides more nature trails where the undergrowth is not as lush. That makes it a lot easier to get off the hardshell path and sit and wait for nature to approach. There is one water overlook which looks across the boat launch ramp and past the viewing deck on the west side. This picture was taken on a still morning when the reflections were so pure that, without the ramp and deck it would be difficult to tell where the land ended and the reflection started


The nature paths are all dry, hard shell and are easily traversable by powered wheel chair. There is some slope to them as the park rises from shell creek but, it isn’t difficult. Unlike the west entrance which provides a path along Shell Creek these are primarily woodland trails with a lot of oak present. It is easy to step off the path and wander through the light underbrush seeking good viewing spots. This is a typical path beneath oak and spanish moss.

And this is an open area beneath the oaks. The underbrush on the western side is much heavier and the ground a bit softer. The western trails are also intended as bridle trails and have a softer surface.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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