- Tucked across from the hubbub of activity that occurs daily at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a short nature trail that will surely enhance your tropical tree knowledge. The trail is a mere 20-minute walk that twists and turns through a small parcel of land dividing Highway 1 and the park's core of activities. Wild Tamarind Trail has over a dozen interpretive stops. With zero elevation change and two resting benches, this trail is possible for most individuals. It is not wheelchair accessible but easily toured with a cane. What is so special about this trail besides the plant knowledge? It is an ideal way to pass time while waiting on your guided scuba dive, glassbottom boat trip, or paddle excursion (tickets available inside tour house beyond visitor center). You will learn about fiddlewood, soapberry, Jamaica dogwood, coffee colubrine, poisonwood, antwood, West Indian mahogany, cinnamon bark, gumbo-limbo, and many others. The myriad of semi-tropical and tropical plants found in South Florida provides a purpose for both man and animal. Examples include fruit for songbirds, hardwood for industrial and entertainment items, soap resins, spices, and wildlife shelter. In particular, the poisonwood tree is an important food source for the endangered white-crowned pigeon. Across the parking lot from the easily spotted trailhead, are two picnic shelters. Just beyond the shelters is beautiful Cannon Beach overlooking Largo Sound.