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The Weedon Island Canoe Trail
By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2000
Weedon's new Paul Getting Memorial Trail is 1.27 miles of boardwalk that takes hikers deep into the mangroves to observation platforms and a tower. Amateur naturalists can spend a lifetime trying to document a myriad of species: 104 different fish, 26 butterflies, 34 reptiles and 130 birds.
But to keep the preserve pristine, access is limited. No more than 282 people are allowed inside at a time, and no more than 1,128 people can use the park during any given day. The park opens at 7 a.m. and closes at sunset. Admission is free.
To access the canoe trail, launch next to the fishing pier at the end of Weedon Drive, the dirt road leading into the preserve. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat because it can get hot. Insect repellent also is recommended.
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