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John Chesnut Sr. Park
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Palm Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

great Park, nature at its best, but saw a snake, that was the end for me, but then I live in Florida, I should be used to it

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

We used to go to this park often to look for alligators. The park has nice long walking trails where you will most likely see all kinds of lizards, parrots, water fowl, alligators, and bugs of course! This park allows boats and fishing as well.

1  Thank Paige T
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

This park has facilities that serve the community interest. The first endearing fact is that it is free to the public for all except the boating set who must pay a reasonable fee to launch their craft from the well constructed boat launch slips that provide access to the South end of Tarpon Lake.

It has beautifully constructed shelters of wood and stone with barbecue grills and clean tables that can serve 40-60 or more and there are many shelters throughout the park. Reservations are required by pavilion number on a first dibs basis.

We enjoyed both the North Trail through cypress trees and the Peggy Park Trail in the South end which winds along the lake and then turns and follows the Brooker Creek feeder . We saw a pair of playful otters in the creek and many types of birds along the way. The Peggy Park trail is named in honor of a Florida Game Warden who was killed in the line of duty when she surprised poachers trying to kill alligators in the lake.

Another dimension to this park is that it has several playground sites for young children and for older children and a spacious area for softball and volleyball .

The restrooms are clean and they are scattered throughout the park convenient to the picnic pavilions.

Now add two dog parks that are fenced in where dog owners can bring their dogs and socialize them without a sense of territorial turf, so they play together nicely. One park is for smaller dogs and the other adjacent park is for large dogs. I asked one dog owner what breed of dog he had that was always looking up into the trees and with a wry smile he told me that he used to be a German Short Haired Pointer but he has now become a Chestnut Park Squirrel Dog !

There are three or four covered piers that jut out into Lake Tarpon where you can fish or relax at a table and enjoy the wildlife on the lake or observe the boating activity. As to fishing, Tarpon Lake has produced some record largemouth bass over the years.

Anything else ? Oh yes , there is a four landing observation tower at the end of the boat channel where you can see most of the lake and it is especially nice to watch the sun set over the lake on a warm summer evening.

Anything else ? Stop along the main road in when you see a wooden butterfly. A garden was created with plants known to attract butterflies and it is fun to both read about the plants and to watch the butterflies come and go in search of nectar.

Overall the park has the further dimension of being a wonderful place to take pictures of the many different birds and animals you can see during your visit. When you visit wear laced sneakers and carry some bottles of cold water
It is a great park ! Come and enjoy it.

2  Thank Ralph R
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

My husband and I walk almost every Sunday morning in the Park. We do one of two different routes and are never bored by the ever changing scenery and the animals and birds that we see. We like the fact that even in the summer, we are walking in the shade almost the entire way. On some weekends we take our two grandchildren, ages 7 and 9 and they play on the playground and then walk with us. They especially like climbing to the top of the tower. Then we finish up with a picnic in one of the many picnic areas. Also a favorite is the dog park. Allthough we do not have a dog, we enjoy watching the many types of dogs running around together. It is a great park.

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

We live a few miles from John Chestnut Sr. Park and often go for a leisurely walk there. They have at least 3 different paths consisting of boardwalks through the low land foliage (swamp) that also have great views of Lake Tarpon. On this recent visit we did the Peggy Park Trail which allows for a shorter walk or a longer walk. We opted for the longer walk and really like the shade provided on the trail for a summer day in Florida. The Peggy Park Trail has a boardwalk that winds to Lake Tarpon with some spectacular views, then it follows Brooker Creek, before winding back on a shell paved bath to the parking area for this section of the park. There are some great Florida Scenes - with wildlife -especially birds and deer. Photographers will enjoy as well as adults and kids. Heck this visit we even spotted a Yellow Rat Snake. We often do all 3 of the trails but today was just Peggy Park.

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