Explore Largo Central Park Nature Reserve

Many of us are looking for ways to stay active while staying a safe distance from others. That’s why Sarah Phinney created “Sarah’s Walking Club” to highlight some hidden and less hidden trails and parks in Tampa Bay.

Members of Sarah’s Walking Club have flocked to Largo Central Park Nature Reserve in recent months. I found out why!

Where is it?

The Largo Central Park Nature Reserve is nestled south of East Bay Drive. The adress is:

150 Highland Avenue North
Largo, Florida 33770

It can sometimes be confused with Largo Central Park, located to the west of the reserve.

What’s there?

The Largo Central Park Nature Reserve spans just over 30 acres. There are boardwalks and a 3/4 mile paved trail.

One of the more popular areas is the promenade around the three-acre lake. A pregnant alligator recently attracted visitors to the park.

“She was sitting in a specific spot right next to the boardwalk for about three months and now that the baby alligators have hatched, she’s still there, but she’s on the hunt,” said Taylor Kahns, nature reserve supervisor. from Largo Central Park. “She’s got a lot of weight that she needs to put back on.”

The reserve is also popular for bird watching, especially during the fall and spring migrations.

“It’s a big stop on the Audubon Trail,” he says.

By the way, fishing is now allowed in the park for environmental reasons.

Visitors will also find walks in a wetland, as well as a two-story observation tower.

Additionally, a multi-kilometer kayaking and canoeing route begins at the reserve.

“You can get our bank here, right up to the intracoastal,” Kahns said. “You can go to the bay and come back. It’s pretty much a day trip, depending on how fast you want to go.

An important reminder

The Khans want visitors to remember that feeding wildlife is prohibited. This can be especially troublesome with alligators and otters. Kahns warns that teaching an association between people and food can have dangerous consequences.

“These animals are in their normal, natural environment, they are more than able to fend for themselves,” he said. “They don’t need your help.”

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