Take Colonial Blvd. west from Ft Myers to Mid Point Bridge and Cape Coral. Proceed straight on Veterans Memorial Parkway for 9-10 Miles, cross Pine Island Road and continue straight on Burnt Store Road for 7 miles. (Memorial Pkwy. turns into Burnt Store Road at Pine Island Road) Turn left on Durden Pkwy. Proceed 1 mile to Old Burnt Store Road. At the end turn left on Old Burnt Store Road and proceed .5 miles. Turn right on NW 40th Lane.
The entrance gate to Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park: North Cape Flats Trail is at the end of NW 40th Lane (Link to Google Map). Plan to arrive by 8:00 AM. We will be at this site for 1.5 to 2 hours. Expect to see birds of prey, shorebirds warblers, bluebirds, towhees, wild flowers and butterflies. We will make a lavatory pit stop, then visit several other local sites of interest. Lunch will be at Joe Stonis Park on Cietus Parkway between 5th and 6th Streets in NW Cape Coral (Link to Google Map).
For those in South Ft Myers take the Cape Coral Bridge and proceed down Cape Coral Parkway to Chiquita Blvd. Make a right and follow Chiquita to Veterans Parkway. Turn left onto Veterans and follow the directions above crossing Pine Island Road.
Reminders: Bring sunscreen, water, lunch/snacks.