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Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
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Coreopsis, Florida's state flower, growing in a wet meadow at Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
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5591 NW 74th Place
Coconut Creek

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The Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area is 56.3 acres set geologically speaking where the ancient Atlantic coastal ridge ended and the Everglades began. It's also the historic headwaters of both the Hillsboro River and Cypress Creek. Fittingly, it offers both wet and dry habitats.

There is a short boardwalk that takes visitors through wet areas that are an explosion of wild flowers and butterflies, and a paved trail that weaves through the pinelands. From a habitat standpoint, it is among the most diverse natural areas in northern Broward County, which owns the site.Amenities include a large parking lot, covered overlooks, restrooms, benches, interpretive signs explaining the geological and historical significance of the site and the species found there, and 2,334 feet of trails. It's set back from U.S. 441, the nearest major roadway, and is quiet.

Species spotted include staggerbush, pickerel weed, poison ivy, wild grape, cocoplum, blue-eyed grass, southern flea bane, coreopsis, cabbage palm, saw palmetto, cypress trees, blue mist, various pines, julia butterfly, queen butterfly and monarch butterfly. The Helene Klein Pineland Preserve and the West Creek Pineland Natural Area are just to the south along Hillsboro Boulevard. The Lox Road entrance to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is on the west side of U.S. 441 just north of NW 74th Place.


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More Resources for Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
Institute for Regional Conservation Plants List      
       
Photo Gallery for Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
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