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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
hugh taylor birch state park
hugh taylor birch state park
hugh taylor birch state park
hugh taylor birch state park
 

3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale

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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a small natural oasis in the midst of highly developed Fort Lauderdale. It sits on the barrier island — one of two state parks in Broward County — sandwiched between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. While it doesn't touch the beach, it does provide beach access via a tunnel.

Water really is the main feature here. The park does border the Intracoastal but its most unusual feature is a freshwater lagoon that stretches for about a mile along the park's eastern edge. There's also a mangrove forest, filled with reds, blacks and whites, and buttonwood trees. A hiking trail with an audio guide follows along the eastern edge of the forest. We visited the park in March, and the trail was slightly damp; we'd imagine it would be fairly mucky during the rainy season. Another trail follows along and above the freshwater lagoon. Near the park entrance is a dune with gopher tortoise burrows.

There is a two-mile asphalt road that loops through the park, providing access for cars, bikes, skaters and those who are wheelchair-bound. There are restrooms, picnic facilities, playgrounds and plenty of parking.

 


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