Largo Central Nature Preserve

Flowers along the hiking trail
Largo Central Park Nature Preserve                                                               Map
150 Highland Ave
Largo, FL 33771 

Largo Central Park Nature Preserve is not the same as the Largo Central Park although both are near each other. The Largo Central Park is a city park near the Largo Municipal Library, the Largo Cultural Center and the Largo Central Railroad which is a miniature railroad. That park is bordered by East Bay Drive to the north, 3rd St SE on the east and Seminole Dr to the west. It has beautiful Halloween and Christmas light displays.

Limpkin grooming himself on  the boardwalk
Pair of cormorants on the drain basin
Pileated Woodpecker seen from the boardwalk around the pond
Great Blue Heron
Pair  of Nesting Yellow Crowned Herons

Snowy Egret in full breeding plumage
Wild  Parakeet
The Largo Central Park Nature Preserve is 31-acres in area and abuts the East Bay County Club Golf Course. The entrance is on East Bay Avenue, but you must travel south on Highland Avenue to get there. There is a butterfly garden near the parking lot and a multipurpose trail from East Bay to the main gate  The 1 1/2 mile hiking trail consists of three loops. No bicycles are allowed on the boardwalks. 
Painted Turtle

Marsh Rabbit
Huge Alligator
 It is almost entirely surrounded by water so you can expect to see alligators, turtles, ducks. Over 130 species of wildlife is reputed to be seen within the nature preserve. The site includes a storm water treatment facility and a settling pond. You can also enter the 5 mile canoe/kayak launch on the West Canal which will take you to Lake Seminole.

Little Blue Heron in the grass
Anhinga on a drainpipe
Encircling the pond there is a boardwalk with a floating dock. I have personally observed a yellow crowned night heron, an ibis, a pileated woodpecker, a blue heron, a great egret, a limpkin and roseate spoonbill there, documented by these pictures which are my life list.This is one of my favorite locations for bird photography!

Osprey clutching a fish
Mullet in the pond
Great Egret in breeding plumage
Ibis nesting in a tree around the pond

   Roseate Spoonbill across the 
canal from the East Bay GC
A colorful Peacock in the woods

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