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Seacrest Scrub Natural Area
Palm Beach County
seacrest scrub scene
seacrest scrub scene
seacrest scrub

3400 Seacrest Boulevard
Boynton Beach


At 54 acres, Seacrest Scrub is small by most standards. It offers less than a mile of hiking trails, including the 0.18-mile Gopher Tortoise Trail, which is handicapped accessible. However, it does offer diversity in terms of habitat and plants and animals, including some that are rare or endangered. And generaly speaking it's quiet, unless the train next door is running, which fortunately, is not all that often.

The Seacrest Scrub Natural Area is also a piece of history. It is among the oldest natural areas in Palm Beach County, and like a number of others, the fact that it was in something of a natural state at the time that the county bought it was a bit of an accident. In the 1980s and 90s, it was slated for development — about the same time environmental advocates were pushing for a system of nature preserves in Palm Beach County. This is one battle the advocates won. Seacrest itself is a dry, sandy place dominated by large pines, small shrubby oaks and saw palmetto. It covers 54 acres on an ancient dune ridge. Part of it was a pineapple farm back in the 1920s and '30s. Facilities include an ample parking lot, educational kiosk and two trails but no water or restrooms.

We’ve seen osprey, gray fox, raccoons, warblers, mockingbirds, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, gopher tortoises, plus a variety of spiders and lizards. The variety of plants include burrowing four o'clock, milk pea, giant air plant, Florida rosemary, large-flower rosemary, love vine, white-mouth dayflower, skyblue lupine and Feay's palafox.


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Additional Resources for Seacrest Scrub Natural Area
PBC Seacreast Management Plan (includes species lists) PDF     IRC Plant Species List
Photo Gallery for Seacrest Scrub Natural Area
gopher tortoise spurred butterfly pea raccoon mockingbird
yellow-bellied sapsucker white mouth dayflower white flower mouse
lizard flower flower spider

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