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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:


12560 Aviation Road, Palm Beach Gardens

Picture of the shaded observation platform and accessible boardwalk overlooking the wetland at Sweetbay Natural Area

ADA Accessible Paved Nature Trails Natural Surface Hiking Trails Information Signs Parking lot Wildlife Viewing

Part of the great Loxahatchee Slough, historic headwaters of the Loxahatchee River

Open Sunrise to Sunset, 365 Days a Year 

At a Glance     

Little Bay Head on the Wet Prairie

This 1,094-acre natural area adjacent to the North County Airport consists of mesic flatwoods, hydric flatwoods, wet prairie, baygall, mesic hammock, and dome swamp ecosystems. A slight elevation in the center of the wetlands holds a tree island called a bay head full of sweetbay, dahoon, coastalplain willow, and pond apple trees that provide roosting and nesting habitat for wading birds, including snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, and the endangered wood stork.