Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

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Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park is just a few miles from Big Lagoon State Park.  When we visited Big Lagoon, we decided to stop by Tarkiln since we had already made the drive out there. 

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I must admit that we did not walk the full mile loop that Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park has to offer.  We had just spent several hours wandering Big Lagoon and the kids were exhausted.  We were afraid that we were going to have to carry them the whole way back and mama was tired too!  We did wander into the preserve for about 15 minutes in and then back out.  One of the cool things about Tarkiln is that it is home to the rare pitcher plant, a carnivorous plant (like the Venus Fly Trap) which is unique to the Gulf Coast.  The walk is beautiful and is relatively easy thanks to the boardwalk.  There is a seven mile hike to Perdido River that you can take as well.  

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Things to Know Before You Go:

  • If you have the Florida Passport, be sure to stop by Big Lagoon State Park to get it stamped. 
  • Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park has a $3.00 admission fee.  It works on an honor box so bring exact change. 
  • The park is open everyday from 8am to 5pm.  The entrance of the park is located on CR 293.  Please see the website for directions.
  • Bring a bottle of water with you.  The walk is only about a mile, but it is still hot outside!

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