Region: Northern Palm Beach County
Size: 6,651 acres
Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
14122 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL (not a mailing address). South side of Indiantown Road (State Road 706), east and west of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road (State Road 711).
Public Use Facilities:
Public use facilities include a paved parking area for ten cars, two buses and eight canoe/kayak trailers off Indiantown Road, a bicycle rack (bicycles are not permitted on the trails), three kiosks with educational exhibits, an accessible nature trail leading to a covered observation platform and a fishing pier (catch and release only), over 7 miles of natural-surface hiking trails, including a 0.6-mile restored portion of the historic Old Wire Trail from the 1850's, an accessible canoe/kayak launch, covered picnic area and a wheelchair-accessible portable restroom. There is no drinking water on the natural area.
The natural area is located just south of the John C. and Mariana Jones Hungryland Wildlife and Environmental Area and is part of the watershed of the Loxahatchee River. It contains five native Florida ecosystems: mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, wet prairie, depression marsh, and dome swamp. The lands that make up the site were acquired in a series of acquisitions during the period 1999-2010. State Florida Forever matching funds for three of the acquisitions were provided by the Florida Communities Trust. Extensive site restoration activities to remove invasive nonnative plant species, restore historic sheet flow of water across the site, and restore the pine flatwoods/wet prairie mosaic community in the agriculturally-altered northeastern portion of the site have been completed. The natural area is part of the Northeast Everglades Natural Area.
Plant species observed on the site include bushy bluestem, vanillaleaf, fragrant flatsedge, slim spikerush, button rattlesnakemaster, Carolina redroot, alligatorlily, swamp hornpod, American white waterlily, and bog white violet.
Animal species observed on site include Florida applesnail, olive-green swamp grasshopper, eastern newt, bluespotted sunfish, chicken turtle, green-winged teal, solitary sandpiper, tree swallow, white-tailed deer, and round-tailed muskrat.