Region: Central Palm Beach County
Size: 55 acres
Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
North side of Silver Beach Road in the Town of Lake Park, 1/4 mile east of Congress Avenue.
Public Use Facilities:
This site does not have a parking area or designated trails. However, the site is open for hiking, photography, wildlife viewing, and other passive recreational activities. There is a public entrance off Silver Beach Road for walk in access, bike rack, and information kiosk. There are no restrooms or drinking water on the natural area.
The natural area contains three native Florida ecosystems: scrub, scrubby flatwoods, and mesic flatwoods. The largest tract was purchased by Palm Beach County in 2000. Most of the natural area was acquired in two transactions in 2002 and 2006. State Florida Forever matching funds for this acquisition were provided by the Florida Communities Trust. Several smaller tracts subsequently were added to the site. The natural area is managed by Palm Beach County with the assistance of the Town of Lake Park. It is part of the Northeast Everglades Natural Area.
Plant species observed on the site include splitbeard blustem, wiregrass, tarflower, Florida hammock sandmat, pinebarren frostweed, silver palm, myrtle oak, and silk bay.
Animal species observed on the site include gulf fritillary, blue dasher, southern toad, gopher tortoise, downy woodpecker, common ground-dove, yellow-rumped warbler, and eastern cottontail.
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.