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Hit the Trail

Hike, bike or leisurely stroll. Going outside to explore is a must in The Palm Beaches. We’ve made it easy for you with 7 Great Places to Hike.

Get LOST Really. With the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST), that is. It goes the complete distance around big Lake O, the second-largest freshwater lake in the Lower 48. But no need to do all 110 miles, extensive sections are located here in The Palm Beaches. Begin your trek from parks in South Bay, Belle Glade and Pahokee.

An Urban Sanctuary Plenty of hustle and bustle surround John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, but once inside, this is one of the most peaceful locales in The Palm Beaches. Two nature trails lead you through tropical habitat, past gumbo limbo trees and of course, down to the Atlantic Ocean.

Where Eagles Dare Winding Waters Natural Area is not only prime viewing for soaring bald eagles, but it’s also home to the most extensive wetland creation project in The Palm Beaches. Still water reflections make for spectacular sunsets.

Alligators Galore Grassy Waters Preserve serves to protect remnants of the historic Greater Everglades watershed. Five unique trails take you over boardwalk, through tree islands and into forested hammocks. And yes, this is a terrific place to spot plenty of alligators.

Into the Everglades The Palm Beaches are home to the remaining sections of the Northern Everglades and the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is the place to go see them. Try the cypress swamp boardwalk or 12-mile bike trail. Be sure not to miss the first-rate visitor center.

Five Native Ecosystems Yamato Scrub Natural Area features five ecosystems native to The Palm Beaches and Florida: scrub, scrubby flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, mesic hammock and basin marsh. Easy to see all five with three miles of trails set up for hikers or bikers.

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