Day 2-Myakka River State Park
Myakka River State Park is located just south of Tampa and preserves pine forests, prairies, and wetlands around a portion of the Myakka River. There is a variety of ecosystems in this park, and a visit gives visitors a nice look at the types of terrain and plant-life one might find throughout the Florida peninsula. One of the best ways to get a sense for the unique ecosystems in the park, and something that is unique to this park, is to take a walk on the treetop suspension bridge. Myakka River has some good hiking trails that allow visitors to walk amidst its different ecosystems, but the best hike includes stopping at the canopy walkway and tower. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower and walk across a suspension bridge that swings at the tops of the tallest trees, giving visitors a look at the forest from a perspective different than most get to see. The views from the bridge are fantastic and give a better sense for what some of Florida’s terrain looks like.
We enjoyed our stay at Myakka River and would recommend a stop for anyone. Although the canopy bridge was our favorite part of our visit, the park itself is certainly worth exploring.