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A Peaceful Stroll through Palm Harbor’s John Chestnut Park

Beautiful John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor, Florida

Pinellas County, Florida is home to an absolutely gorgeous 255 acre park, named John Chestnut Sr. Its’ scenic location on Lake Tarpon makes this park an ideal location for an evening stroll, with several spots to take in an incredible view of the sunset.

Beautiful sunset at John Chestnut Park - Palm Harbor, Florida

Gorgeous sunset at John Chestnut Park - Palm Harbor, Florida

On site, you will find plenty of activities and amenities, including: 13 picnic sites, playgrounds, softball fields, horseshoe pits, and a large dog park. 3 beautiful nature trails take you past unspoiled natural Florida landscapes. Looking at all the beautiful tropical plants, I felt like I was in the Jurassic Park movie. The park was not at all congested; the perfect place for a quiet, reflective stroll.

A view scenic views along the boardwalk

Views along the John Chestnut Park boardwalk in Palm Harbor, Florida

Pretty trees along the boardwalk at John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor, Florida

Lush trees along the boardwalk at John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor, Florida

Beautiful trees along the boardwalk at John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor, Florida

Along the way, you will pass many swamps. And, if you are lucky you may be able to spot an alligator. Be on the lookout for the alligator warning signs! This park is supposed to be one of the prime areas near Tampa for spotting alligators. Although we didn’t see any on this trip, I’ll be sure to provide updates when we do! Other wildlife include: turtles, raccoons, and various birds.

Alligator warning sign at John Chestnut Park - Palm Harbor, Florida

Swamp at John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor, Florida

Reflection on the water at John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor Florida

Swamp views at John Chestnut Park - Palm Harbor, FL

Bird at John Chestnut Park - Palm Harbor, FL

John Chestnut Sr. Park is a great place to visit anytime of the year. Whether you feel like a morning jog, afternoon picnic, or evening walk to the lake to see a spectacular sunset, one thing is for sure, you will be surrounded by beauty!

John Chestnut is located at 2200 E Lake Rd in Palm Harbor. There is no entrance or parking fees. The park closes at dusk.

Have you ever visited John Chestnut Park? Did you see an alligator? What are some of your top picks for parks in Pinellas county?



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  1. […] John Chestnut stands out as a quiet, shady Pinellas County Park with the beautiful boardwalks, great views of Lake Tarpon, and pre-historic looking cypress swamps. It’s the best park in the area for exercise. Take a morning or evening stroll and you are bound to come across dozens of deer and the occasional armadillo. Even on hot afternoons, you can find a shady escape at John Chestnut. The main loop around the park is great for walks, bike rides, and runs. In addition, you will also find picnic shelters, a sand volleyball court, softball fields, and a large dog park. […]



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