Cypress Cove Recreation Park

Ian Kaplan

Ready for an adventure? Well, Cypress Cove Recreation Park has the adventure for you. The park’s former name, Sturgeon Creek Park, was changed in 2017 to Cypress Cove Park in Appleton Way, which encompasses 10.9 hectares (27 acres) of marshes and uplands that are used as recreational destinations for family and friends. It has a boat access site built for citizens to utilize canoes, kayaks, and other small boats on Mill Creek. The marina is also a short walk from the visitor center, which includes restrooms, picnic tables, and bait. There is also a floating dock, a fixed deck with water views, and an accessible fishing area.

Frequent visitors enjoy getting their feet wet as the first water access site for Leland. For a relaxing day outdoors, grab your fishing gear and some lunch. The winding waterways, creeks, and rivers in and around Leland make it an ideal location to get outside and among a variety of year-round coastal animals including catfish, flounder, Blue crab, and others. Many launch sites are available for canoes, kayaks, or fishing boats.

If you are feeling more adventurous, take a nature hike through the woods on one of the many trails or go bird-watching in one of the several habitats. The 3/4-mile Oak Ridge Trail is an easy to moderate trail that loops through a variety of forest types including oak and hickory uplands, longleaf pine Flatwoods, and so much more!

Leland is one of three main bird fly zones in the United States, making it ideal for birdwatching. Brown pelicans, double-crested cormorants, herons, ibises, American Oyster Catchers, terns, and a variety of other birds can be seen here. Grab your binoculars; break out that rod and reel or dust off your paddle – whatever water-related pastime you enjoy most will be here!

Cypress Cove Park, located on 30 acres of marshes and hillsides, provides water access for kayaks, canoes, and other small boats. There’s also a floating dock, a fixed-deck overlook with accessible fishing stations, an outdoor classroom, and a handicapped-accessible fishing area!

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