With natural lands along its barrier islands and rivers, Port St. Lucie – and St. Lucie County in general – has interesting short hikes to showcase its preserves.
Trails and Parks in Port St. Lucie
- Blind Creek Park - Protecting more than 400 acres of wild shoreline along South Hutchinson Island, Blind Creek Park lies in the middle of the island, spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River Lagoon.
- Halpatiokee Nature Trail - In Port St. Lucie, Halpatiokee Nature Trail at Savannas Preserve State Park provides an intimate look at ecosystems along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.
- Hawks Bluff Trail - On its mile-long loop, Hawks Bluff Trail at Savannas Preserve State Park shows off the best scenic views of freshwater savannas near the Atlantic Ocean
- Oak Hammock Park - Buried in a sea of development in Port St. Lucie, Oak Hammock Park is one of those little gems that shouldn't be missed, thanks to its dense hammock of live oaks
- Ocean Bay Beachside - At Ocean Bay Natural Area, immerse yourself in a coastal dune environment on a short shady walk that tunnels through a tropical canopy of sea grapes, gumbo limbo, strangler fig, and sugarberry.
- Oxbow Eco-Center - Protecting 225 acres of natural habitats along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River amid busy Port St. Lucie, Oxbow Eco-Center provides a 3.8-mile hiking loop.
- Savannas Preserve State Park - Spanning two counties along a slender 10-mile strip, the fragile freshwater savannas and open prairies of Savannas Preserve State Park are just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean and lie behind a line of ancient sand dunes.
- Spruce Bluff Natural Area - 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.
- St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park - On the north tip of Jupiter Island, St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is one of those rare parks that you can only reach by boat - motored, or under your own power, as most visitors do, by paddling through mangrove-lined coves.
- Have your say on Florida’s trails (10/15/2017) - Attend a public workshop in a community near you this October through December to voice your opinion on changes to the Florida Trail route and priorities for new bike and water trails in Florida.
- Fighting bulldozers in a Florida State Park (3/4/2016) - Savannas Preserve State Park in Port St. Lucie is threatened by city plans to bulldoze a route right through conservation lands to build a Crosstown Bridge - and those plans haven't changed, despite public input and lawsuits by environmental groups.
- Tegus establish a foothold in Florida (7/31/2014) - It's big. It's colorful. And it's the newest non-native species to establish breeding populations in Florida. Meet the black and white tegu.