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
North and south sides 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, east and west of Gulfstream Citrus Road. A smaller tract is located on the south side of Indiantown Road, east of Jupiter Farms Road. Parking is available at Gulfstream Citrus Road and Indiantown 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, hiking, and horseback riding are allowed only on the multi-use Historic Jupiter-Indiantown Trail that runs 2 miles through the western portion of the natural area. There are additional hiking and equestrian trails located in the eastern portion of the natural area. There are no restrooms or drinking water on the natural area.
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.