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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:


Park at western side of Spanish River Library, 1501 Spanish River Boulevard, Boca Raton

Picture of accessible covered obsrevation platform overlooking a restored wetland at Pondhawk Natural Area 

ADA Accessible Paved Nature Trails Natural Surface Hiking Trails Information Signs Bike Trail Covered Platform Parking lot Wildlife Viewing

Blue Lake and internal wetlands attract tons of wildlife

Open Sunrise to Sunset, 365 Days a Year 

At a Glance

Books and Nature Together

Access to this 79-acre natural area is through the Boca Raton Spanish River Library Parking lot. A 12-foot-wide multiuse trail allows hikers and bicyclists a view of Blue Lake and the southeastern perimeter of the natural area. An eight-acre wetland restoration project inside the natural area provides habitat for osprey, black-necked stilt and white ibis. The natural area is named for a common dragonfly found throughout the woodlands.


  • Portion of  El Rio Trail (multiuse) 0.25 miles
  • Nature Trail (paved) 0.71 miles
  • North Hiking Trail (sandy) 0.53 miles
  • South Hiking Trail (sandy) 0.80 miles
  • Observation platform overlooking eight acres of restored wetlands