A 56-acre remnant of the forest that once spanned the region between the Atlantic Coastal Ridge and the Everglades, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area offers gentle nature trails for you to discover what’s been lost in this part of Florida.
Location: Coconut Creek
Length: 0.7 mile
Lat-Lon: 26.324355, -80.197728
Type: loop and round-trip
Fees / Permits: free
Bug factor: low to moderate
Restroom: near the parking area
No pets. Bicycles and skateboards are not allowed. Guided walks are occasionally offered, call for details.
The entrance is off US 441 just north of Hillsboro Blvd on the right hand side. Look for the tall pine trees. 5591 N.W. 74th Place, Coconut Creek.
Three trails radiate from the parking area. A sidewalk into the upland portion of the preserve leads you along the Pinelands Trail, where pines and oaks dominate the high canopy with ferns growing densely beneath cabbage palms. Several overlooks with benches provide spots for wildlife watching.
To the east, the Prairie Trail leads you out on a boardwalk over a marsh with scattered cypress trees to an overlook on a wet prairie. A covered shelter provides shade for birding. Return along the boardwalk to the parking area. A trail leading north connects the preserve with a residential area, and provides a third place to explore.