Daggerwing Nature Center

Strangler fig

Strangler fig along the Cathy Burdett Nature Trail

Behind Daggerwing Nature Center in busy South County Regional Park, a boardwalk leads you into habitats that have all but been erased from the surrounding crowd of suburbia in west Boca Raton. The trails and observation tower showcase a remnant of ancient tropical forest with big strangler figs and Jamaican satinleaf shading a dense, ferny understory.


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Location: Boca Raton
Length: 0.6 mile
Lat-Long: 26.379367, -80.225700
Type: balloon
Fees / Permits: free
Difficulty: easy
Bug factor: moderate
Restroom: at the nature center

Pets are not allowed. Open sunrise-sunset. Fully wheelchair and stoller accessible, except for the observation tower.

Daggerwing Nature Center website


From US 441 in Boca Raton, take Glades Road west to Cain Blvd. Drive 0.3 mile north to Park Access Blvd; follow this road 1 mile to the nature center inside South County Regional Park, just past the water park.


The boardwalk starts off from the nature center and crosses a wetlands area into a dark tropical hammock thick with large pond apple trees, strangler fig, and myrsine. A side spur trail leads to an observation tower that looks out over the canopy. The woods are a riot of green, with ferns carpeting the forest floor. The tower stands high above the forest floor, so you have a great up-close view of the canopy. This is an old forest, with enormous strangler fig and pond apple trees, Jamaican satinleaf, and giant leather ferns. The roots dangling from strangler figs make it look like a jungle!

Trail Map

Posted at the trailhead

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