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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