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Cypress Creek Natural Area
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10035 Indiantown Road
Jupiter

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This place is vast. So vast, that an afternoon's visit barely dents the potential of the Cypress Creek Natural Area. At 2,083 acres, it is among the largest natural areas in Palm Beach County, and among the newest.

It offers literally miles of hiking trails, some intended for equestrian use, bikes and foot traffic, some limited to foot only. There are also crushed-rock trails that are accessible. By and large, the area is wide open, the trails broad and easy to walk and follow. We visited the area in winter when conditions were dry, but we could see a few spots that would be under a little water and more challenging during the rainy season. There is parking, a few interpretive signs, shelters and observation platforms but no toilets or drinking water.

Cypress Creek covers seven habitat types, including cypress forest, pine flatwoods, wet praires and marshes. We spotted a few wading birds, including little blue and tricolor herons, sandpipers and kildeer. In wooded areas, the trees were filled with a variety of warblers, including palm and blackburnian. An unexpected treat: pawpaw in full bloom. We also saw blue-eyed grass, roundpod St. John's wort, spatterdock and pickerel weed. Among the more common trees: slash pine, cabbage palm, live oak and wax myrtle.


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spatterdock sandpiper yellow legs roundpod air plant
phaon crescent tricolor heron
gator sweet scent carolina satyr butterfly southern dewberry
lichens coreopsis blue flowers little blue heron
warbler yellow flower flea bane st johns wort
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