ElevationAscent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -7' -2 m
High: 6' 2 m
Low: 2' 1 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 0% (0°)
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“This paved trail that offers fun for the entire family!”— Felicia Boyd
Castaway is a relatively small park that is a wonderful getaway for families with small children, those who are infirm or wheelchair bound, or visitors who are limited in time.
Park in the circle at the end of the drive into the park. Run out onto the covered observation platform overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Then run approximately 50 yards back from the parking area to the Island Trail, a combination paved cement path and wooden walkway. After going over a small bridge, the path becomes a kid-friendly interpretive nature trail where there are painted animal tracks and interpretative signs about the animals that would have made the tracks. After about 0.22 miles, the path makes a loop to return on the same path for a total trip of 0.45 miles. For a longer stroll, take the wooden boardwalk side trail that leads to two scenic marsh overlooks before you reach the loop. This will add approximately 0.4-miles to your run for a total of 0.8 miles. The Island Trail ranges from partly shaded to full sun.
While at the park, be sure to stop by the butterfly garden. Park at the education center. Cross the drive to a paved, shady path. Approximately 250 yards to the west of the education center parking area is a small butterfly garden. A mosaic bench offers a place to sit quietly and enjoy the native plants and butterfly visitors. Kiosks along the path tell the history of the Preserve, the Preservation Project and the Intracoastal Waterway.
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