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Lighthouse Gardens and Nature Walk

Mosquito Inlet was a remote place in the late 1800s. Lighthouse keepers planted gardens to supply themselves and their families with fresh vegetables. Today, volunteer gardeners grow vegetables and other plantings here.

Behind the garden is the nature walk. The nature walk area is an example of a costal hardwood hammock. Located less than a quarter mile from the ocean, this plant community is typical of those growing along high energy shorelines. The vegetation here is strongly affected by wind and salt spray, and includes live oak, yaupon holly, wax myrtle, saw palmetto, low growing vines, grasses and herbaceous plants. Indigo snakes, gopher tortoises, squirrels, raccoons and armadillos forage in the hammock.

Coastal hammocks provide critical resting and feeding habitats for migratory songbirds. In the summer months mosquitoes are present in large numbers.

Visitors who choose to walk through the hammock may spot one of the Light Station's resident gopher tortoises in addition to racoons, foxes, or other woodland creatures.