Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
Trail Temporarily Closed
Effective Sept. 1, 2023: The Old Datsun Trail at Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is closed temporarily.
Sunrise until sunset
No fees required
Welcome to Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
The park is composed of 45,387 acres and protects more than 100 miles of shoreline along Charlotte Harbor in Charlotte and Lee counties. It is the third largest Florida State Park.
Visitors can take advantage of opportunities to hike, fish, paddle and observe wildlife in the park's many natural communities, including mangrove forests, marshes, scrub habitats and pine flatwoods. Most of the park is shallow water fringed by mangroves, providing amazing opportunities to view wading birds, manatees, dolphins and other wildlife.
The park is best accessed by kayak or canoe. Portions of two paddle trail systems wind through the park. Hikers and bird-watchers can access Charlotte Harbor's upland areas at pedestrian walk-throughs available in each section of the park and explore the wildlife found along three marked trails.
Visitors can also enjoy the resources provided by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) located in the park near Punta Gorda. CHEC is a nonprofit group that offers a visitors center, environmental education programs, interpretive guided hikes and 6 miles of marked trails.
Visitors are welcome to explore other areas of the preserve, unless posted as closed, but should be aware that these areas are of remote and primitive wilderness. Visitors should take a compass, a map and sufficient water for their trip. No restrooms or drinking water are available.
Plan Your Visit
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park Photo Gallery
Hydrologic Restoration at Charlotte Harbor
People Make the Parks
Volunteering at Charlotte Harbor
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