Soldier's Hole area is another place where you have a choice of picking up a self-guiding booklet at the entrance to the area, or going with a volunteer guide.

A great egret perches in the treetops.

Watch for these great egrets perching in the treetops or wading in the ponds.

Racoon tracks.

Keep your eyes peeled for a racoon running across the trail, but even if you don't see one, you're sure to find his tracks down at the shoreline.

Back in the days when the fort was first constructed, sometimes the heat, the mosquitoes and the wool uniforms became too much for a soldier to stand. Deserters would hide in the "soldier's hole" area while they waited for darkness, and a low tide, to cross over to the southern end of what is now St. Petersburg.

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