Buried in a sea of development, Oak Hammock Park is one of those little gems that shouldn’t be missed. Two mazy loop trails meander through a sliver of natural habitats at this popular waterfront park in Port St. Lucie.
The canopy of centuries-old live oaks is a strong counterpoint to the surrounding manicured lawns and water management canals.
In addition to the lush, fern-laden hammock, the park encompasses a patch of pine forest and an ancient midden. Bring the kids: there’s a playground on site as well.
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Location: Port St. Lucie
Length: 1.5 miles in two loops
Trailhead: 27.279042, -80.407811
Address: 1982 SW Villanova Rd, Port Saint Lucie
Land Manager: St. Lucie County
Open 7 AM to sunset. Leashed dogs welcome.
The park also offers fishing along the canal, a playground, and picnic area.
This isn’t the easiest park to find. From FL 716 (Port St. Lucie Blvd), drive west from the Florida’s Turnpike entrance for 0.7 mile to Del Rio Blvd. Turn right; drive north 0.9 mile on Del Rio Blvd to California Blvd. Turn left and drive west 1.2 miles to the sign for the park on the left at Pamona; follow signs through the neighborhood to the park entrance at 1982 Villanova Rd.
There are two loops: the Pine and the Oak, each meandering through its namesake. Starting from the parking area and playground, follow the canal east past an observation deck to access the Oak Trail.
The Pine Trail begins behind the picnic area and is a short loop through the pines.
See our photos of Oak Hammock Park
More worth exploring while you’re in this area.
Perched along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, Oxbow Eco-Center protects 225 acres of natural habitats in bustling Port St. Lucie.
At Spruce Bluff Natural Area, trails lead to the site of a pioneer settlement and the largest Ais mound in South Florida amid scrub and wetlands in Port St. Lucie.
Along one of the Treasure Coast’s most scenic waterways, the South Fork Nature Trail shows off the best side of the South Fork of the St. Lucie River