Palm Beach County has ecological treasures that are rare, endangered, and at times elusive.
GET OUTSIDE AND EXPLORE one of ERM's places or projects listed below to find an eco-treasure.
Over 53 miles of hiking trails meander through 31,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands from Jupiter to Boca Raton. These trails allow visitors to explore various native South Florida habitats that are home to many endangered plants and animals. All are free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year.
From deep sea fishing while moored near an artificial or natural reef, to getting a bite from the brackish waters in Lake Worth Lagoon, to bass fishing along the shore of a freshwater Chain of Lake, the county has enhanced fishing opportunities for saltwater and freshwater anglers by restoring aquatic habitat. Installation of public-use amenities makes it easy to cast your rod and reel in your catch!
Grab your canoe, kayak or paddleboard to explore fresh and saltwater blueways through mangrove forests, mud flats, open freshwater lakes, winding marshes, and cypress swamps. Spend the day paddling at one site such as a natural area or down the largest estuary in Palm Beach County – Lake Worth Lagoon. Whatever your preference may be, Palm Beach County's waterways offer adventure at every turn.
Sun, Sand, & Surf
Our coast has some of the world’s most popular beaches with over 16 miles open to the public 365 days a year. Whether you prefer to bask in the sun, play in the sand, or swim in the surf the beach is a perfect place to either relax or get fit. To see a list of county beaches that are free to the public click
here. To view the county beach web camera’s click
Whether you enjoy off road long-distance cycling or short paved bike paths in a park, there are opportunities to get outside and pedal without having to battle with street traffic. These trails are along beautiful restored wetlands, wide open parks, and pretty scenic vistas. To see a list of long distance bike trails, click
here. To see a list of biking paths in parks click
Over 220 bird species, both resident and migratory, have been observed on Palm Beach County's preserved upland, wetland, estuarine, and coastal habitats. In addition, there are several sites that are part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, that stretches 2,000 miles from Key West to Gulf Islands National Seashore. From Florida scrub-jays to bald eagles to American oystercatchers, there are places you can visit to catch a glimpse of these feathered friends.
Over 7 miles of loop trails in environmentally sensitive natural areas, 67 miles of long distance trails connecting public lands, 18 miles of trails in wooded and open area parks, and 2 large equestrian use complexes are open for public use. From quiet trails through the woods to competitive show facilities, there are ample opportunities for horse enthusiasts to get outside and ride.
Restored and enhanced native habitats make beautiful and interesting backdrops for photography enthusiasts. In addition, the rare and endangered plants and animals that live in these habitats can be picture perfect “models”.
Snorkeling and Diving
Underwater coral reefs speckle the floor of the Atlantic Ocean just off our coast. Both natural coral formations and artificial reefs provide amazing opportunities for diving offshore in open water and nearshore just yards from the beach. In addition, there are many areas to snorkel inshore in the calmer waters of the intracoastal waterway and lagoon. From deep-sea shipwrecks to shallow rocky ledges teaming with juvenile fish, an underwater adventure is available for experienced and novice divers.