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Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area
Palm Beach County
loxahatchee slough natural area
loxahatchee slough natural area
loxahatchee slough natural area
loxahatchee slough natural area

8175 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens


Palm Beach County owns and manages more than 31,000 acres of natural area. More than a third of that land — nearly 13,000 acres — lies within Loxahatchee Slough. It is vast and it is diverse. According to the county's Environmental Resources Management Department, the natural area includes nine different ecosystems — flatwoods, wet and dry, hammocks, wet and dry, wet prairie, marshes and swamps. It's also the most biologically diverse natural area that the county manages.

Loxahatchee Slough is actually three separate tracts, the largest of which sits north of PGA Boulevard. There are two access points to the main trail. One is at Sandhill Crane Access Park at the address shown above, and the other a hiking trail from River Bend Park along Indiantown Road. Sandhill Crane has parking, drinking water, and restrooms. There are also boat ramps providing access to the C18 canal. The trail is multi-use, for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. It is also accessible. A second trail cuts west about midway between Sandhill Crane and River Bend.

A portion of Loxahatchee lies between Northlake and PGA boulevards. There are no formal facilities, but it can be hiked along the C18 canal right of way. The place is an absolute magnet for a variety of birds.

More Resources for Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area
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