A bold initiative to bring together two counties with vast wetlands along their border, the Northeast Everglades Natural Area (NENA) is a regional initiative to conserve significant watersheds between Lake Okeechobee and the Atlantic Coast.
In addition to its eastern and western shorelines, the area is bounded by water features to the north and south. The St. Lucie Canal – formerly the natural-flowing St. Lucie River – forms the upper boundary. The West Palm Beach Canal stretching west to Canal Point is the south boundary.
Promoted by South Florida Water Management District as a way to focus recreational interest on this region, NENA includes more than 300 miles of trails and nearly 35 distinct public lands, with more being added all the time.
For backpackers, the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail is a significant resource spanning 61 miles across this region. Equestrians have use of the Ocean to Lake Greenway. Several other major trails are under development.