The natural area south of Indiantown Road is closed to the public for habitat restoration. Click here
for more information on the restoration project.
Public access is allowed NORTH of Indiantown Road.
Region: Northern Palm Beach County
Size: 2,083 acres
Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
10035 Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL. (not a mailing address) The natural area spans north and south of Indiantown Road (State Road 706) near Jupiter Farms Road, approximately one mile west of Florida's Turnpike. The main portion of the site is located on the north side of Indiantown Road where parking is available. The smaller tract is located on the south side of Indiantown Road, east of Jupiter Farms Road.
Public Use Facilities
Facilities include parking area, shade shelters, observation platforms, horse hitches and a pitcher pump well, bicycle racks, and kiosks with educational exhibits. Bicycling and horseback riding are allowed only on the NENA trails: Historic Jupiter-Indiantown and Jesup. Historic Jupiter-Indiantown Trail is crushed rock and meets outdoor accessibility guidelines for slope and grade although the surface is not completely smooth. Jesup Trail (a segment of the Ocean to Lake Regional Trail) is partially unimproved (east-west leg) and partially hardened (north south leg). The north-south leg is shared with limited vehicular traffic north to Martin County. There are additional hiking trails located throughout the natural area. There are no restrooms or drinking water.
The natural area contains seven native Florida ecosystems: mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, hydric hammock, wet prairie, depression marsh, dome swamp, and blackwater stream. Restoration activities include removing invasive nonnative vegetation, filling six miles of ditches to restore the hydroperiod, changing the elevations of shell mining pits to encourage revegetation by native wetland plants, and improving the Old Indiantown Road grade (now known as the Historic Jupiter-Indiantown Trail) for use as a multi-purpose trail. The natural area is part of the Northeast Everglades Natural Area and serves as a buffer for the Loxahatchee Wild and Scenic River. Lands in the natural area were acquired by Palm Beach County from 1995 to 2010. State Florida Forever matching funds were provided for four of the acquisitions through the Florida Communities Trust. The natural area is managed by Palm Beach County.
Plant species observed on the site include spatterdock, horned bladderwort, giant leather fern, common buttonbush, roughhair witchgrass, fireweed, skyflower, water hickory, sugarberry, and Florida royal palm.
Animal species observed on the site include fiery skipper, eastern narrowmouth toad, pine snake, limpkin, peregrine falcon, barred owl, wild turkey, Bachman's sparrow, white-tailed deer, and round-tailed muskrat.
All Palm Beach County natural areas are publicly-owned and are open for passive, natural resource-based recreational public uses such as hiking, bird watching, nature study and photography. Other recreational uses, as authorized under the Natural Areas Ordinance (Chapter 11, Article XI of the Palm Beach County Code), may be permitted in designated areas on a site-specific basis. Certain natural areas may be temporarily closed for environmental restoration activities and/or other public safety issues. Users should confirm that the natural area they plan to visit has existing public use facilities which match the users proposed activity; not all natural areas are readily accessible or have existing public use facilities such as a parking area, accessible trails, natural-surfaced walking paths, trail markers, and/or information kiosks.