7400 25th St N,
St. Petersburg, FL 3370
|Bat house for environmental education|
Sawgrass Lake Park, its entrance located at the intersection of 62nd Ave N and 25th St N, includes 400 acres of one of the largest maple swamps on the Gulf Coast of Florida.The park is at the end of dead end road between I-275 and a shooting range. The loud gunfire does not seem to disturb the birds however. Besides Sawgrass Lake, the park encompasses various canals and 2 smaller ponds.
There is an environmental education center by the entrance.
|Bridge at the entrance of the trails|
Beside the center is a bridge which begins the hiking trails that are 1.9 miles long, if you take all three trails. At the first left fork in the path, the Sawgrass Trail follows the elevated boardwalk though safe viewing areas from which to see the alligators.
|Soft Shell Turtle navigating the murky depths|
|Mother Alligator and baby|
|A mess of Alligators|
|Heron on one of the eyots on Sawgrass Lake|
|Tri-colored Heron on Sawgrass Lake|
|Aquatic life in Sawgrass Lake Park|
The right spur of the trail is called the Maple Trail, which culminated in the Oak Hammock Trail or loop which winds through laurel oaks, palms and ferns.
|Ferns on one of the trails at Sawgrass Lake Park|
|Tree Roots and reflections in the water give an other worldly look to the forest|
|Parking Lot with Live Oaks at Sawgrass Lake Park|
|Azaleas by the nature center|
|Limpkin by canal adjoining the parking lot|
|"Roger Tory Peterson" Tree with an Egret, Little Blue Heron, Ibis, & an Anhinga|
|Pair of Ibises|