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Natural Areas Are Set to Re-Open
In accordance with Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-005, on Wednesday, 4/29/2020 ERM staff will begin re-opening Natural Areas to the public.
HOWEVER THIS DOES NOT MEAN RECREATION AS USUAL.
All visitors to the natural areas must follow Center for Disease Control Guidelines and the County’s Emergency Order 2020-005.
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH BOTH AT THE LINKS PROVIDED BELOW AND
Wear face coverings, recreate in groups less than 10, maintain social distance of at least 6 feet apart while on the trails, and avoid touching common surfaces such as handrails, benches, etc. to be safe while visiting.
10035 Indiantown Road, Jupiter
Shaded nature trails on either side of Indiantown Road offer wildlife viewing at every turn
Open Sunrise to Sunset, 365 Days a Year
At a Glance
Where Nature and History Merge Together
Spanning both sides of Indiantown Road, over 2,000 acres of mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, hydric hammock, wet prairie, depression marsh, dome swamp, and blackwater stream provide a home to over 500 species of plants and 217 species of animals. This site preserves an area of high quality wetlands and streams, including Cypress Creek a blackwater stream, that buffer the northwest fork of the federally-designated Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River. Historical resources have been found including Native American middens, an area where the Loxahatchee River Battle took place, remnants of the Rood Settlement dating back to the early 1900s, and a segment of the historic Jupiter-Indiantown Road. Visitors can hike, paddle, cycle, or ride their horse on designated trails while enjoying nature all around.
- Historic Jupiter-Indiantown Trail (Multiuse)
- Jesup Trail (Multiuse)
- Covered wildlife observation platforms overlooking wetland
- Restored wetland (2 acres)
- Hiking Trails
- Equestrian trail (1 mile trail from Taylor Road to the trailhead)
- Fishing pier
- Observation Tower
- Kayak/canoe launch
- Historic Jupiter Indiantown Trail (Multiuse )
- Hiking Trail
Multiuse Trail Rules
A blanket permit has been issued for equestrians and cyclists to utilize this site according to the following rules:
1. Equestrian and bicycle use of this natural area is authorized by a general permit and designation of specific bicycle access routes. All users must comply with these rules, the provisions of Chapter 11, Article XI of the Palm Beach County Code, and the rules posted on the natural area's signs and informational kiosks.
2. Equestrians and cyclists must stay on the designated multiuse trails. Lands adjacent to the trails are environmentally sensitive and can easily be damaged.
3. Do not tie or hitch horses or bicycles to trees or shrubs. If you wish to hike on the natural area, use horse hitches and bike racks at trailheads.
4. Do not allow horses to graze on or otherwise damage vegetation.
5. Ride at your own risk. Riding helmets are recommended. Helmets are mandatory for riders under the age of 16. See Florida Statutes, Section 773.06 (for equestrians) and Section 316.2065 (for cyclists).
6. Horses and bicycles must be under control at all times. No galloping, running, racing, or trick riding.
7. Cyclists must yield right of way to equestrians:
• Announce yourself as soon as you are within hearing distance.
• Ask the equestrian rider how to proceed without startling the horse.
• Keep talking- your voice will distinguish you from a predator.
8. Equestrians must walk their horses when approaching or passing others. If riding abreast, one rider must yield to the approaching or passing rider.
9. Horses known to kick must wear red ribbons in their tails.
10. Riders must carry proof of a negative Coggins test and present it upon request.