Offering another perspective on the vast Loxahatchee Slough, the Hog Hammock Trail at Grassy Waters Preserve, leads you into a tropical hammock and a dark, dense, fern-filled cabbage palm hammock bordered by the vast open wet prairies of the slough. An extension of the trail system, the Promontory Trail, follows a levee out into the open marshlands for an extra mile one-way, with additional rain shelters along the route.
Location: West Palm Beach
Length: 1.9 mile loop plus optional 2.2-mile round-trip
Lat-Long: 26.664083, -80.141100
Type: loop and spur
Fees / Permits: none
Good for: birding, wildlife, flora
Bug factor: moderate to annoying
Restroom: at the trailhead
Open 7 am to 5:30 pm. The trail surface is crushed concrete and can be traversed by bicycle as well as hiked, although low spots may flood in the rainy season. Boardwalks cross known depressions.
Grassy Waters Preserve, Hog Hammock Trail
From I-95 exit Northlake Blvd, drive 4.5 miles northwest to the entrance on the north side of Northlake Boulevard, a mile or so west of the Beeline Expressway. Access from Florida’s Turnpike via PGA Boulevard west to Beeline south to Northlake Blvd west.
Download a trail map from Grassy Waters Preserve