The first wetlands park in the region, Wakodahatchee Wetlands draws regular crowds for morning strolls, photography, and bird watching.
Resources for exploring the area
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Location: Delray Beach
Length: 0.8 mile boardwalk
Trailhead: 26.477817, -80.144900
Address: 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach
Land Manager: Palm Beach County Water Utilities
Restrooms are 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.
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.
The 1/4-mile linear trail leads to a half-mile boardwalk loop through the marsh, well worth taking at a slow pace.
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!
See our photos of Wakodahatchee Wetlands
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Green Cay Wetlands
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Loxahatchee NWR Marsh Trail
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Pondhawk Natural Area
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