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Palm Beach County's Natural Areas Will Remain Closed Until Further Notice

Based on Palm Beach County (PBC) Emergency Order No. 2020-003, effective immediately, all PBC Natural Areas are closed to the public until further notice.  This order will remain in effect until the expiration of Palm Beach County's Declaration of Emergency or until terminated or amended by further order.

PBC's Department of Environmental Resources Management will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area and will communicate any changes in the status of our PBC Natural Areas as those changes are made. 

Please be safe and continue to monitor our social media (@PBCERM on Facebook and Instagram) and website ( or for updates on the status of our PBC Natural Areas.  For updates on other PBC operations and services, please visit the county's dedicated COVID-19 page:


East side of Ellison Wilson Road, approximately 0.1 mile north of PGA Boulevard

Close up picture of a four-petaled pawpaw flower in bloom at Pawpaw Natural Area

Be on the lookout for the endangered four-petaled pawpaw

At a Glance     

Home to a rare plant, found nowhere else on earth

At 3 acres in size, Palm Beach County's smallest natural area is a really big deal.  Several four-petaled pawpaw plants have made their homes here in the scrub habitat.  This plant is ranked endangered both by the state of Florida and the United States Federal Government because it only grows in Palm Beach and Martin Counties - nowhere else in the world!  


  • 41 species of native South Florida plants
    including listed species Fourpetal pawpaw, Shell-mound pricklypear, and West Indian mahogany
  • 42 species of native South Florida animals
    including listed species Gopher tortoise, Red widow spider

Before You Go 

This site is limited to pedestrian traffic only to protect endangered species that live here.

There is no designated parking area.