Wading birds everywhere: that’s the delight of a walk along the Wakodahatchee Wetlands’ boardwalks. The first wetlands park in the region, the park draws regular crowds for morning strolls, photography, and bird watching.
Location: Delray Beach
Length: 0.75 mile boardwalk
Lat-Long: 26.477817, -80.144900
Fees / Permits: none
Bug factor: low to moderate
Restroom: Yes, at the trailhead
The kiosk at the trailhead has a map and interpretive brochures. The boardwalks are open sunrise to sunset. Covered gazebos and benches provide spots to sit and watch the birds.
Managed by Palm Beach County Water Utilities (561-641-3429), 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach
From Florida’s Turnpike, follow Atlantic Blvd east to Jog Rd. Drive 1.6 mi north on Jog Road, and the entrance is on the right.
This is an easy stroll along an elevated boardwalk through a wetlands reclamation area used by Palm Beach County to filter treated wastewater. You’ll walk above successive stages of marsh, from bulrush in the shallows to deeper water with alligator flag. A 1/4-mile linear trail leads to a half- mile loop through the marsh.
The highlight of this walk is the proximity of wading birds—they’re everywhere! The sound of birds is incessant. Purple gallinules will hop right up on the railings as you walk by. Bring your camera!