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.
Port St. Lucie
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.
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.
The heart of the Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce is flanked by a number of state parks and natural lands along the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Coastal Ridge.
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.
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
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
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.
Okeechobee is the heart of Florida’s old frontier, surrounded by vast prairies with cattle ranches and the sweep of Lake Okeechobee, one of America’s largest lakes.
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.
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.