The last patch of woodlands in suburbia, the Woodmont Natural Area in Tamarac is one of the rare islands of nature left remaining after development throughout western Broward County into the Everglades. This 22-acre site is a birder’s delight. Birdsong is constant; listen for the hooting of barred owls and the rat-a-tat-tat of the pileated woodpecker.
Length: 0.4 mile
Lat-Long: 26.212809, -80.258295
Bug Factor: low
From Florida’s Turnpike exit 62, SR 870 (Commercial Blvd), drive west 2.8 miles to University Ave. Follow University Ave north 1 mile. Turn on McNab Rd, and continue 0.3 miles to NW 80th Ave. Drive 0.2 miles north, and the park is on the right.
This is a combination paved trail and boardwalk through the last patch of undeveloped land in Tamarac, 22 acres of pine flatwoods surrounded by suburbia. The understory of the forest is alive with colorful lantana, beautyberry, and wild coffee, as well as mounds of wild balsam apple and grapevines. Strangler fig roots dangle from the upper canopy. The trail parallels a canal across from an apartment complex on the return trip. The boardwalk crosses a pond cypress swamp.