In a surprisingly urban setting, this restored wetland area pays homage to a leader of the Seminole tribe, Chitto Tustenuggee, otherwise known as the Snake Warrior.
This 53 acre property includes an oak hammock and waterways and wetlands that reflect the Everglades long lost to drainage in this region more than a century ago.
As you walk the pathways, pause for the detailed interpretative information that tells the history of this important Seminole site.
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Length: 0.5 mile loop
Trailhead: 25.977289, -80.210608
Address: 3600 SW 62nd Ave, Miramar
Land manager: Broward County
Open 8 AM to 6 PM. No pets permitted. Pathways are accessible.
There is exercise equipment and picnic tables along the walkways. Fishing is permitted.
From Interstate 95 Hallandale Beach Rd exit, head west 2.7 miles to SW 62nd Ave. Turn left at the light and drive south 0.5 mile to the park entrance on the left.
Possibly founded in the 1820s, this site near the former headwaters of Snake Creek may have been the oldest known Seminole village in Florida.
It was abandoned in 1841 during the Second Seminole War, when the U.S. Army pushed deep into the Everglades with intent of removing the Seminoles to a reservation in Oklahoma.
A paved trail loops around the recreated wetlands, where the waters are busy with moorhens, wood ducks, and herons.
The interpretive markers provide an incredible amount of detail about the former Seminole settlement.
Residences sat on two islands of high ground in the marsh, noted as Big Island and Little Island on the preserve map.
As you walk, the squawks and chitters of birds accompany you, the waterfowl glad to have cover in this otherwise urban space.
Adjoining the parking lot is a shady canopied glade of live oaks and ficus trees. Several benches provide places to rest along the circuit.
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