Walk through a winter-like wonderland of white sand and small shrubs at Seabranch Preserve State Park, protecting more than a thousand acres of coastal habitats along the Intracoastal Waterway south of Stuart.
Location: Hobe Sound
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Seabranch Preserve State Park is a sliver of protected land in an area overrun with coastal development, and although its sand pine scrub forest – Florida’s equivalent of a desert – is a joy to explore, the park also contains one of South Florida’s rare bayhead communities. Florida scrub-jays flit from tiny tree to tinier tree in this diminutive coastal scrub forest, and gopher tortoises find quiet places to burrow, leaving clear tracks in the sand as they roam about in search of an afternoon nibble.
A double loop hiking trail provides access to the preserve. Bring plenty of water for the walk!
Explore the park
- Seabranch Preserve Hiking Trails- On more than 1,000 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway south of Stuart, the double loop trail at Seabranch Preserve State Park showcases a coastal scrub forest.