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Military Trail Natural Area
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Osprey, photographed at Military Trail Natural Area, Deerfiled Beach, Broward County, in August 2013.
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4600 NW 9th Avenue/Military Trail
Deerfield Beach

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The problem with Military Trail Natural Area is curb appeal. It is about as unimpressive as possible as you drive by or even as you approach it on foot. There's nothing really announcing its presence other than a metal sign on a chain link fence. On the other hand, once you start humping the trail, it becomes apparent that first impressions are deceiving, at least in this case. Military Trail is a 19.9-acre tract of scrubby flatwoods and pine scrub in Deerfield Beach. The northern end of the property was once part of a cypress dome swamp, and a few cypress trees stand as evidence of the past.

There are wide, unimproved trails looping through the site; we've most recently in the spring of 2014, and both times only the northern section was open. There is a map at the entrance to the site and a bench and trash can along the east side of the trail. However, there is no onsite parking, no water and no toilets. We left our car in a neighboring apartment complex with permission of the managers.

Species spotted during our visits include osprey, black-and-white warbler, prairie warbler, mockingbirds, cardinals, blue jays, tarflower, rabbit bells, large-flower rosemary, blue mist, American pokeberry, love vine, poison ivy, scrub oak, sand pine, saw palmetto, halloween pennant and pondhawk dragonflies and red tassel flower.


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