Canopy Walkway

Located on the Boylston Nature Trail, the newest (June 2000) feature at Myakka River State Park is a canopy walkway suspended 25 feet above the forrest floor with an 85-foot tower at one end. A few paragraphs from the leaflet available at the ranger station are worth repeating:

"Forests are like gigantic stands of lollipops. Since plant sugars are manufactured high overhead, organisms that depend on those sugars, such as insects and birds, are also far from the ground.

"The Myakka Canopy Walkway provides easy access to observe life in the treetops of an oak/palm hammock. As an outdoor laboratory for research and education, it is a place for discovery and opportunity for visitors to Myakka to see its canopy inhabitants up close."

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