Turkey Creek SanctuaryAmenities:
- Bike / Hike / Jogging Trails
- Butterfly Garden
- Education Center
- Fitness Trail
- Kayak/Canoe Launch
- Located on Turkey Creek
- Mature Shade Trees
- Memorial Area
- Nature Study / Trails
- Picnic Tables
- Water Fountain
Established in 1981, the Sanctuary offers a 1.85 mile boardwalk passing through hydric (wet) hammock, mesic (moist) hammock, and sand pine scrub communities, and 1.5 miles of jogging trails through native forest, both excellent for viewing a multitude of wild life. Within the Sanctuary, there is also a 1 mile mountain bike trail with a direct connection to an additional 8 miles. As well as walking, jogging and biking, the Sanctuary can also be accessed by canoe or kayak.
The on-site Margaret Hames Nature Center, opened in 1992, offers interpretive exhibits, and environmental education programs, including nature day camps, tours, nature library and gift store.
You'll enjoy seeing manatees, alligators and Florida cooters (turtles) in the creek, and you might see an otter or a gar fish. Birds abound in the old pine canopy, including ospreys and owls.
The Sanctuary is ADA Accessible.
The Park is open from 7am till sunset or when posted. Admission is free. No smoking in the park, please don't litter or feed the wildlife.