Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park derives its name from the bayou which empties into Perdido Bay. During the 1800s, tar kilns were located on the adjacent peninsula to process the tar removed from southern yellow pines. Visitors can still find an occasional ‘cat face’ in some of the larger pine trees where ceramic pots were used to capture the seeping tar. While pine tar was an important resource for the maritime industry, it was also used in the production of soaps and animal medicines.
Today Tarkiln Bayou Preserve is home to four species of endangered pitcher plants, as well as other rare and endangered plant species. The rare, carnivorous white-top pitcher plant is unique to the Gulf Coast and found only between the Apalachicola and Mississippi rivers. Almost 100 other rare plants and animals depend on the wet prairie habitat, including the alligator snapping turtle, sweet pitcher plant, and Chapman’s butterwort. A boardwalk offers visitors a view of the wild and beautiful Tarkiln Bayou. Visitors can enjoy a picnic and then take a hike on the nature trails to observe the rare plants and animals. For a more adventurous outing, visitors can take a day-hike across the park to the Perdido River.
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PARK CONTACT INFORMATION:
2401 Bauer Road
Pensacola, FL 32507
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