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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. 

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 â€‹High Ridge Scrub

7300 High Ridge Road, 1/2 mile south of Hypoluxo Road

      Picture of a paved accessible trail through the pine trees to a shade shelter at High Ridge Scrub Natural Area

Hike uphill on the sandy trails that make up a former sand dune - the Florida Coastal Ridge

Open Sunrise to Sunset, 365 Days a Year 

At a Glance     

Gopher tortoise haven

The 39-acre High Ridge Scrub Natural Area protects plants and animals that live in scrub habitat. Many of these species are protected, including the gopher tortoise. Other animals observed on the site include gulf fritillary butterfly, cicada, yellow garden spider, and American kestrel.


  • Silkgrass Trail (paved) 0.25 miles
  • Gulf Fritillary (sandy) 1.5 miles