Wading birds everywhere: that’s the delight of a walk along the boardwalks of Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The first wetlands park in the region, it continues to draw a regular crowd for morning stolls, photography, and serious birdwatching.
Location: Delray Beach
Length: 0.75 mile boardwalk
Lat-Long: 26.477817, -80.144900
Fees / Permits: none
Bug factor: low to moderate
Restroom: Yes, at the trailhead
A map is displayed on the kiosk at the trailhead; pick up an interpretive brochure at the kiosk. The boardwalks are open sunrise to sunset. Covered gazebos and benches provide spots to sit and watch the birds.
Managed by Palm Beach County Water Utilities (561-641-3429), 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach
From Florida’s Turnpike, follow Atlantic Blvd east to Jog Rd. Drive 1.6 mi north on Jog Road, and the entrance is on the right.
This is an easy stroll along an elevated boardwalk through a wetlands reclamation area used by Palm Beach County to filter treated wastewater. You’ll walk above successive stages of marsh, from bulrush in the shallows to deeper water with alligator flag. A 1/4 mile linear trail leads to a 1/2 mile loop through the marsh. The highlight is the close proximity of wading birds—they’re everywhere! The sound of birds is incessant. Purple gallinules will hop right up on the railings as you walk by. Bring your camera!