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Delaware Scrub Natural Area

Canoeists on Jones Creek

Region: Northern Palm Beach County

Size: 16 acres

Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset

47 N. Delaware Boulevard, Jupiter, FL 33458 (not a mailing address); the entrance is on the east side of Delaware Boulevard, just north of Indiantown Road.

Public Use Facilities:
Site facilities include a parking area for five cars and one bus, a bicycle rack, an accessible nature trail leading to an observation platform, natural-surface hiking trail, and a canoe/kayak tie-up for visitors traveling to the site via Jones Creek. There are no restroom facilities or drinking water on the natural area.

Site Information:
The natural area contains seven Florida native ecosystems: scrub, scrubby flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, dome swamp, mangrove swamp, and salt marsh. Palm Beach County and the Town of Jupiter acquired the 16-acre site in May 2005 with state Florida Forever matching funds from the Florida Communities Trust. The natural area is the first piece of property acquired through the Town of Jupiter's Open Space Preservation Program. The site is bordered on the east by Jones Creek, a tributary of the Loxahatchee River. Hiking, photography, wildlife viewing, and other passive recreation activities are allowed on the site. The natural area is managed by Palm Beach County with assistance from the Town of Jupiter. It is part of the Northeast Everglades Natural Area.

The western and interior portions of the site contain upland species such as scrub live oak, fetterbush, October flower, forked bluecurls and netted pawpaw. The eastern area of the site, bordering Jones Creek, is dominated by black and red mangroves.

The scrub community provides habitat for listed species such as gopher tortoise and Florida scrub lizard. Red-shouldered hawks and gray foxes have been observed on the site. The mangrove community in the eastern part of the site provides habitat for wading birds such as limpkins, snowy egrets, and tricolored herons.


All Palm Beach County natural areas are publicly-owned and are open for passive, natural resource-based recreational public uses such as hiking, bird watching, nature study and photography. Other recreational uses, as authorized under the Natural Areas Ordinance (Chapter 11, Article XI of the Palm Beach County Code), may be permitted in designated areas on a site-specific basis. Certain natural areas may be temporarily closed for environmental restoration activities and/or other public safety issues. Users should confirm that the natural area they plan to visit has existing public use facilities which match the users proposed activity; not all natural areas are readily accessible or have existing public use facilities such as a parking area, accessible trails, natural-surfaced walking paths, trail markers, and/or information kiosks.


Delaware Scrub Map


Recreational Activities


Northeast Everglades Natural Area