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Yamato Scrub Natural Area
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yamato scrub natural area
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yamato scrub scene
 

701 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton

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The Yamato Scrub Natural Area is as varied as it is vast. It is by far the largest natural area in South Palm Beach County, covering 217 acres of scrub, flatwoods, hammock and marsh split into two tracts, north and south, by Clint Moore Road. The El Rio canal also cuts through the northern half of Yamato.

The trail leading from the parking lot crosses the canal, moves through some open woods, through the marsh, into habitat dominated by saw palmetto and then scrub oaks. A pedestrian tunnel (built for a golf course that was once planned for the site) connects the north side with the south as the trail returns to Clint Moore Road near the eastern boundary of natural area. A maintenance road paralleling Clint Moore takes you back to the parking lot..

Among the species we've found at Yamato: gopher tortoise, marsh rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, pawpaw, staggerbush, tarflower, painted leaf, love vine, deer moss, largeflower rosemary, iron weed and lesser Florida spurge. Birds we've seen include mottled ducks, American coots, moorhens, pie-billed grebes, blue jays, cardinals and osprey. The parking lot is large. There's also a bike rack, kiosk and a portable restroom but no drinking water. There’s 3.5 miles of hiking trails, including a 0.7 mile accessible path.


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Additional Resources for Yamato Scrub Natural Area
Institute for Regional Conservation Plant Species List Trail Guide   Management Plan pdf
 
Photo Gallery for Yamato Scrub Natural Area
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