Before you head out to the beach at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, a quick stroll down the Satinleaf Trail will get you oriented to the tropical habitats that this park protects on Singer Island. This easy interpretive nature trail starts near the playground in the first parking area for beach parking, not far from the nature center.
Location: Singer Island
Length: 1/4 mile loop
Lat-Long: 26.828500, -80.043667
Fees: state park entrance fee
Bug Factor: low to moderate
Restroom: yes, at nature center
From I-95 exit 79A, drive east on PGA Blvd, which becomes A1A after you cross US 1; watch for the park entrance road on the left after 4.7 miles. Once you pay your entrance fee, follow the “Nature Center” signs and park in the first parking area on the left.
Introducing a sliver of tropical hammock along the Lake Worth Lagoon, this quarter-mile loop immerses you into a jungle of unusual plants like tall mastic, gumbo limbo, and paradise trees, slender (and stinky) white stopper, pigeon plum, and blolly, and a dense tangle of marsh ferns, wild coffee, and silvery-green saw palmettos in the understory. Interpretive markers introduce these denizens of South Florida’s coastline. Walk down a corridor of paradise trees, their fern-like fronds shading the path, and pause for a break under the shade of a pigeon plum.