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Juno Dunes Natural Area

 
Hiking trail

Region: Northern Palm Beach County

Size: 569 acres

Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset

Location:

  • Oceanfront Tract
    14200 South U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408 (not a mailing address); east side of U.S. 1, 1/4 mile north of Donald Ross Road.(entrance is in northeastern part of Loggerhead Park)
  • West Tract
    14501 South U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408 (not a mailing address); entrance is on west side of U.S. 1, 1/2 mile north of Donald Ross Road.

Public Use Facilities:
Oceanfront tract facilities include a parking area for 44-cars and 2-buses, a bicycle rack, a kiosk with educational exhibits, an accessible nature trail leading to a covered observation platform with a view of the ocean, and a natural-surface hiking trail. Restroom facilities and drinking water are available in Loggerhead Park. West tract facilities include a parking area for ten cars and two buses, bicycle rack, a kiosk with educational exhibits, an accessible nature trail with a short boardwalk leading to a covered observation platform, and natural-surface hiking trails. Facilities adjacent to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway include a day-use public docking area with five boat slips, an informational kiosk, a boardwalk and short accessible concrete trail that leads to an observation tower, and two picnic tables - accessible either by boat from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway or by foot from the natural-surface hiking trail and accessible trail that connect to the western parking lot. There are no restroom facilities or drinking water on the west tract.

Site Information:
The natural area contains 12 native ecosystems: beach dune, coastal strand, maritime hammock, hydric hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, xeric hammock, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, basin marsh, depression marsh, and mangrove swamp. Palm Beach County owns 203 acres of the natural area and leases 336 acres from the State and 30 acres from the Florida Inland Navigation District. The site is managed with the assistance of the Town of Juno Beach. The natural area is part of the Northeast Everglades Natural Area.

Plants:
Plant species observed on the site include saltwort, seagrape, poisonwood, coralbean, scrub hickory, dwarf live oak, snowberry, giant airplant, Jamaica swamp sawgrass, and black mangrove.

Wildlife:
Animal species observed on the site include blue land crab, ornate pennant, hammock skipper, squirrel treefrog, royal tern, northern parula, and eastern mole. Three species of sea turtles nest on the beach: loggerhead, green, and leatherback.

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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.

 

Juno Dunes Map

 
 

Recreational Activities

 

Northeast Everglades Natural Area