Eagle Point Park
Kayak Opportunity Found
I knew I would have to revisit Eagle Point Park when I saw the launch designated just for kayaks. Eagle Point Park is on the Gulf of Mexico in the city of Holiday, Florida. The Tampa Bay area has two types of coastline. The most well-known and popular shores are covered in vacation-colored pure white sand. In other areas, mangroves grow in wide swaths. Where the Florida coast heads north, away from Tampa Bay, the beaches dwindle and the mangroves thrive. This region is called the Nature Coast.
The Nature Coast
The Nature Coast is home to an enormous number of animals, mostly birds. When taking a boat ride along the shores, it takes on the feel of a natural zoo. Exotic looking birds walk the shallows while others perch in the branches of the mangroves. The waters are a favorite for fishermen.
Recreation at Eagle Point Park
Eagle Point Park sits along the waters of Trouble Creek, easily located by driving down Troublecreek Rd. off of Hwy 19. The park proper contains great recreational opportunities. A number of picnic tables sit under shade trees as well as pavilions. Visitors will find a playground set at the center of the park and the surrounding terrain is stitched with hiking trails. The park has several fishing piers. Our visit trip began at the docks.
Kayaking Trouble Creek and the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf Coast Wildlife
Ospreys flew overhead while several pelicans floated nearby, lazily poking their beaks in to the shallows for easy pickings. We spotted pink feathers and headed in for a closer look. Roseate Spoonbills waded in ankle deep water, pushing their beaks through the muddy silt. A Blue Heron pulled up a sand worm while we paddled within a dozen feet.
Eagle Point Park
- Picnic pavilions
- Hiking trails
- Kayak launch
- Fishing piers
- Scenic coastal drive
- Parking pass $2, good for a many other county parks during the same day.