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Plantation Preserve Linear Trail
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7050 West Broward Boulevard
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There are by our count, 9 bizillion golf courses in South Florida. Plantation Preserve might be the only one built with a nature trail that runs through it. The linear trail is 1.1 miles long, hard-surfaced and bordered by ponds, canals and wetlands for pretty much its entire length, with the links not far beyond. The golf course is a vital piece of Plantation city history, dating back to 1950 and attempts to convince the Broward County Commission to extend Broward Boulevard, the city's main drag, farther west. The course also occupies a significant archeological site.

When the city took over the property in 2001, officials wanted to redevelop the golf course in a way that made it useful to more than local hackers, and they wanted to do it in a way that recalled the land's past as part of the Everglades. Thus, the linear trail was born, lined with live oaks, cypress, cabbage palms, wax myrtle, pickerel weed, cocoplum, fire bush, muhlberry, mahoe, spider lilly and more. All that water attracts lots of birds, including great egrets, limpkins, great blue herons, warblers, cardinals, jays, thrashers, mockingbirds and more.

There are two trailheads, one along Broward Boulevard — the main entrance to the golf course — the other on Tropical Way. The Broward trailhead is the easier to find and offers lots of parking. The trail is wide enough to accomodate pedestrians, bikers and roller bladers, and well marked with interpretive signs and the IDs of various plants. Keep in mind that it is linear, which means if you walk its length, you're going have to cover the same ground walking back.

 
 
 
 
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