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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 (www.pbcerm.com or www.pbcnaturalareas.com) 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: http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx

Winding Waters

 Parking is located off Dyer Boulevard, 1/2 mile west of Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach

Picture of long accessible boardwalk over the restored wetland to a covered observation platform at Winding Waters Natural Area 

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

Bring your kayak or canoe to paddle at this urban wetland

Open Sunrise to Sunset, 365 Days a Year 

At a Glance     

This One's for the Birds

This 548-acre natural area contains mesic flatwoods, hydric hammock, depression marsh, wet prairie, and dome swamp.  Several areas were cleared for agricultural purposes and have been restored to shallow-water and deep-water marshes.  Birdlife is abundant with bald eagles, anhingas, green herons, belted kingfishers, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, and loggerhead shrikes making appearances. 


  • Rookery Island
  • Nesting Island
  • Nature Trail (paved) 0.5 miles
  • Hiking Trail (sandy) 4.9 miles
  • Canoe/Kayak Trail 3.3 miles
  • Observation Platform overlooking created wetlands
  • Woods Trail (sandy-east of observation platform) 0.6 miles
  • Wetlands Trail (sandy-circles the wetland) 4.3 miles
  • Part of Florida's Greenways and Trails System
  • A portion of the trails and parking lot were funded through the Recreational Trails Program