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Cutting through Jonathan Dickinson State Park is Florida’s first federally-designated Wild and Scenic River, the Loxahatchee River. The winding river is one of Florida’s best for canoeing and kayaking, where you can observe alligators, manatees, otters, and over 150 species of birds — or take a narrated boat tour. With 11,500-acres, the park offers a blend of nature, recreation, and history. Only accessible by water, visit the Trapper Nelson Interpretive Site. Nelson came to this area in the 1930’s to live off the land trapping and selling furs. The restored homestead takes you back in time as you amble by cabins, a Seminole Indian “Chickee” shelter, and planted tropical gardens. Note, the Trapper site is closed Tue. and Weds. The Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center features interpretive displays, ranger-led walks and programs. Recreation abounds, with swimming, fishing, equestrian, and hiking trails, and the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of wildlife, wildflowers and trees from the 27-foot-tall observation tower. Offering a challenge for every level, cyclists will love the paved trails and the 9-mile Camp Murphy Off-Road Bicycle Trail. Equipment rentals and guided tours for every activity are available on-site. Make it an overnight with camping or cabin rentals.
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL
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