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Delaware Scrub Natural Area
Palm Beach County
delaware scrub
delaware scrub
delaware scrub
delaware scrub

47 N. Delaware Boulevard


Delaware Scrub Natural Area is only 16 acres, but there's a lot packed into those 16 acres. It's called Delaware Scrub but in fact, it covers seven different ecosystems within its boundaries. There is scrub, of course, but there's also a cypress swamp and a mangrove forest along the eastern boundary with Jones Creek, a tributary of the Loxahatchee River. And with that diversity comes the opportunity to see different forms of life, warblers and other small birds in the woods, wading birds like great blue herons along the mangroves.

A portion of Delaware Scrub was burned in the recent past — the smell still hangs in the air — and the process of natural regrowth is visible. Small plants dot the area. Slash and sand pines dominate in places.

There are two hiking trails, one hard-surfaced, the other natural leading from the parking lot to an observation platform overlooking Jones Creek. There's a short spur along the way to a bench on the banks of the cypress swamp. The natural surface trail cuts away from the hard-surface trail but later reconnects. It is tiny, and not a destination in and of itself but is worth taking in along with any of the eight natural areas nearby. Delaware Scrub is just north of Indiantown Road on Delaware Boulevard.

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