The tropical hammock at Arch Creek Park was the site of a Tequesta Indian village between 500 B.C. and 1300 A.D. Gentle natural footpaths wind through the dark forest, where plant identifications add to your knowledge of South Florida’s tropical plants. Even though the natural arch of Arch Creek collapsed several decades ago, the limestone canyon is still worth a look. The arch was the original “Gateway to Miami” and a bridge on the military trail of the 1800s.
Location: North Miami
Length: 0.3 mile
Lat-Long: 25.900817, -80.162367
Type: loop and linear
Fees / Permits: none
Bug factor: low
Restroom: At nature center
Open 9-5; closed Mon-Tue. Parking is limited near the museum. Consider parking farther down the road and accessing the trail system from its far end.
Arch Creek Park (305-944-6111), 1855 NE 135th St, North Miami FL 33181
From US 1 (Biscayne Blvd), turn west on NE 135th St, several blocks north of NE 125th St and the Bal Harbor Causeway. The park entrance is on the right within the first block.
Before you start your ramble along this short trail system, stop in at the museum to learn about the long history of this intriguing archaeological and geological site. It’s here you’ll find a self-guiding trail map with interpretive information. Numerous benches and chickees along the way provide rest stops. Guided walks, ghost tours, and historic walks are offered, reservation required.