Along Ten Mile Creek west of Fort Pierce, George LeStrange Preserve protects uplands and floodplain forest along the edge of a restored sand mine, which is now a 37-acre recreational lake.
Location: Fort Pierce
Trailhead: 27.399251, -80.375412
Address: 4911 Ralls Rd, Fort Pierce
Land Manager: St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department
From SR 70 at I-95, drive south on S. Jenkins Rd, which is the first traffic light east of the interstate interchange. After 0.7 mile, turn east on Edwards Rd and continue a mile to Selvitz Rd. Turn rght, and go a quarter mile to Ralls Dr. Follow it until it ends.
The 1.1-mile interpretive trail at George LeStrange Preserve makes a loop through pine flatwoods, palm hammocks, and floodplain forest on the north end of the preserve. It also provides access to a loop around Lake Zobel, which anglers will appreciate. Paddlers can hand launch into the lake. Small watercraft with electric motors are also permitted. Catch and release fishing only.