Did you know that some waterways actually flow upstream at one time of the day and then downstream later that same day? Oh how true that is! A ‘Tidal Creek’ simply put is a portion of a stream that is affected by the ebb and flow of the ocean changing the waters direction. So I ask you, have you ever seen a tidal creek’? Most of us have without ever even knowing it! (Me included)
Here’s what’s written on sign below: Tidal creeks are channels of water that originate in shallow bays and wind through the salt marshes surrounding the mainland. The direction and speed of the water flow changes with the rise and fall of the tide. During high tide, tidal creeks flush the salt mash communities with water and food. Low tide movements, in turn, export food back into the surrounding bays.
Though the tidal creek itself is FREE, the park does charge an entrance fee per car’s occupants… if I recall, maybe the $3 to $4 range. The park is so well worth the price, bring a picnic and make a day of it, there’s that much here to do!
You can find this marked ‘Tidal Creek’ on the ‘Mangrove Trail’ along with a dozen other activities at the John Pennekamp State Park on US-1 at Mile Marker 102.3 oceanside across the street from Key Largo’s castle-shaped building.