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Lover’s Key State Park in Florida is for Nature Lovers and Photographers

Lovers Key State Park is located on Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  The park has hiking trails, gulf beach access, and canoe and kayak rentals.  Lovers Key State Park has something for everyone.

Nature lovers and photographers will enjoy the 8 miles of hiking trails at Lovers Key State Park.  The Black Island Trail is 2.5 miles long and winds along the edge of the backwaters for opportunities to view and photograph wildlife.  There are also 2 shorter loops for those who don’t want to hike the entire 2.5 miles.  I didn’t see too many birds along the Black Island Trail.  I did see Common Ground Doves and a Dolphin fishing in the backwaters.

There is a butterfly garden near the trail head. I saw and photographed a good number of butterflies along the trail including White Peacock Butteryfly (above photo) and Zebra Longwing.

Common Ground Dove

Common Ground Dove

The Black Island Trail would is also a good place for macro photography as there were plenty of plants and wildflowers along trail.

Visit the bay and gulf beach at low tide to see and photograph wading birds such as Egrets and Roseate Spoonbill, and also shore birds.

Dolphin at Lovers Key State Park

Dolphin Swimming the Backwaters at Lover’s Key State Park

There is a $5 per person and $8 per car entry fee for Lovers Key State Park.  Also be sure to leave plenty of time for leaving Fort Myers Beach.  The traffic can be bad leaving the Island in the evening.

Written by Martin Belan

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