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Hiking the Grassy Waters Preserve in West Palm Beach

Posted by Gerald Lombardo on Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 2:00pm.

Hog Hammock Trail is one of West Palm Beach's newest trails, it is composed of crushed concrete and has lots of intermittent boardwalks. The area is a combination of restored and natural wetland communities including cabbage palm hammocks, mesic pine flatwoods, forested wetlands and cypress domes. Restrooms and water is available in the parking lot. The trail is perfect for a leisurely hike.

After walking or jogging the Hammock Trail you may want to head over to the Cypress Boardwalk which is about one mile away. Cypress is a mile-long boardwalk extending through marsh and cypress swamp. The boardwalk has lots of opportunities for viewing Florida’s flora and fauna. You can also stop by the Nature Center to speak with a naturalist or sign up for a guided program.

The wildlife you can plan on seeing includes snail kites are a common sight and bald eagles nest here in winter. Look for alligators, pig frogs, apple snails, great blue herons, and anhingas.

Trail Length: 4.23 miles round-trip

Location: Parking at 8537 Northlake Blvd located 4.5 miles west of I-95 on the north side of Northlake Boulevard.

Address: 8537 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33412

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