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Pinecraft Park

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info

Andrew Thoreson
Sep 2017
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
How Big Not Rated
Importance Not Rated
Revisit? C
Birding C *
Wildlife D
Summer Heat A *
Terrain B *
Fun Hike B
Maintained B
Mosquitos D
Biting Files A
Ticks C *
NOTE: Heard some, didn't see them - very close in vegetation
NOTE: Shaded
NOTE: It was easy enough to walk
NOTE: This far south not a lot of ticks usually
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 1420 Gilbert Ave., Sarasota, FL, Sarasota, USA, 34239

1) What It's Like

The park is tiny but it's lush almost jungle vegetation. Creek next door. Noteworthy neighborhood because many many Amish vacation here.

2) Kinds of Birds

I'd presume titmice, cardinals, that kind of thing.

3) Wildlife

City animals.

4) Amenities

I think there was a boat ramp, picnic area, and maybe bathrooms. If not there are businesses up road.

5) Time Requirements

5-30 minutes


Pinecraft is two things - literally a tiny forest park next to a creek and the area around it. Pinecraft the area is in the very unusual neighborhood in Sarasota where large numbers of Amish come down from places like Pennsylvania for vacation. They're walking around everywhere, the young ones play volleyball in large numbers, several businesses I'm guessing are Mennonite (restaurants, produce, ice cream). It's worth it just to pass through such an unheard of shift in culture here.

The actual park though is also pretty unique - I felt like I was walking around the filming location for a Vietnam war movie the entire time despite the unlikely suburban Sarasota location. Lush jungle almost, just hilly enough to be interesting. Fair number of birds you could hear but not many we could see.

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