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Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area
Region: Central Palm Beach County
Size: 772 acres
Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
- Main Entrance
110 Nature's Way, Royal Palm Beach, 33411 (not a mailing address), approximately 1.6 miles north of Okeechobee Road and 0.7 mile west of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. From Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, take Crestwood Boulevard west and turn right onto Saratoga Boulevard; follow Saratoga Boulevard to Nature's Way; turn left on Nature's Way to reach the parking lot.
- North Entrance
13500 40th Street North, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 (not a mailing address). The entrance is located on the south side of 40th Street North, approximately 1.75 miles west of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. A permit is required to use the equestrian entrances - one located at the north entrance and one located on the south side of the site at the intersection of North Road and F Road.
Public Use Facilities:
Facilities at the main entrance include a parking area for ten cars and two buses, a bicycle rack, an accessible portable toilet, a kiosk with educational exhibits, an accessible nature trail with a boardwalk and a covered observation platform, and natural-surface hiking trails. Facilities at the north entrance include a parking area for ten cars and two buses or horse trailers, a bicycle rack, a kiosk with educational exhibits, and an accessible portable toilet. There is no drinking water available on the natural area. Equestrian use is allowed on designated trails; off-trail equestrian use is strictly prohibited. An equestrian use permit for riding in this natural area must be obtained in order to gain access to the riding trail. Click here to submit an online request for an equestrian permit to gain access to Royal Palm Beach Pines riding trails.
The natural area contains six native Florida ecosystems: mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, hydric hammock, wet prairie, depression marsh, and dome swamp. Palm Beach County purchased most of the site in 1992 and 1993, and leases part of a wetland from the Saratoga in the Pines Homeowners' Association. The rest of the site was deeded to the County in 2003 as part of a mitigation settlement agreement. The County manages the natural area with the assistance of the Village of Royal Palm Beach and the Indian Trail Improvement District. The natural area is part of the Northeast Everglades Natural Area.
Plant species observed on the site include spikerush, wild pennyroyal, wax myrtle, wiregrass, hairy chaffhead, Leavenworth's tickseed, largeflower rosegentian, string-lily, dahoon, and slash pine.
Animal species observed on the site include lined tree snail, eastern tiger swallowtail, red-banded leafhopper, little grass frog, striped mud turtle, Mississippi green watersnake, white ibis, red-tailed hawk, great blue heron, and cotton mouse.
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.
Royal Palm Beach Pines Map