Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

Tarkiln Bayou – where the plants are carnivores just like the gators.

This unusual state park is not far from Pensacola lying southwest of the city, close to the Gulf of Mexico. While it’s easily-reached, it’s not developed in a significant way apart from an ADA-accessible, wooden walkway through part of the park. That walkway heads to Tarkiln Bayou and passes by one of the best places to find pitcher plants.

The park is a mixture of both dry and wet lowlands. It’s primary attraction is that it’s the home of four endangered species of pitcher plants and other carniverous plants.

The park is quite large and there are several trails to explore. Like all of undeveloped Florida there is quite a lot of wildlife with alligators, snapping turtles and waterfowl.

The photos are from 2016.

Being able to see carnivorous plants in the wild is a remarkable experience. When visiting Pensacola, Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park shouldn’t be missed.