This short but lovely path — which appears
on an interactive map on the DOT website but
not in a more detailed guidebook published
by the organization — includes some of the
quintessential features of the region.
Take a right on Airlie off Oleander Drive,
and the road immediately parallels Airlie
Gardens. The speed limit is 25 mph, allowing
motorists plenty of time to enjoy the oaks
draped with Spanish moss visible on the other
side of the fence.
After about a mile, the road turns left and
runs along the Intracoastal Waterway. Drivers
can enjoy seeing not only a stretch of one of
the most important waterways in the country
but also an array of boats, from skiffs to luxury
yachts. It’s also a good spot for nature viewing.
There are often wading birds in the marsh
grasses between the road and the ICWW, and
occasionally dolphins can be seen breaking the
Top: Early morning light falls across Airlie Road.
WBM FILE PHOTO
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