Okeeheelee Nature Center

Trees on Okeeheelee Nature Center Trails
Trees on Okeeheelee Nature Center Trails
Trees on Okeeheelee Nature Center Trails

If not for Google map we would never have heard of this place.

We stumbled upon it while looking for hikes to stretch our legs while driving south to the Keys from Orlando. Being not too far from the Turnpike, with hiking trails in the forest, it seemed like a perfect place to stop.

We arrived just in time before the information center closed and got some information and a map. Outside we were greeted by the colorful painted buntings and the mourning doves.

A few meters from the center, was the outdoor classroom where we had our lunch. We sat on the picnic table underneath a big tree and enjoyed the warmth of Florida on our first day away from winter.

The walk was so peaceful, with a marsh and many ponds. One of the few creatures we saw was a very shy turtle in the distance.

The total distance of trails is about 2 miles.

 

There was a couple of beautiful colored birds near the visitors center. What lovelies!!
There was a couple of beautiful colored birds near the visitors center. What lovelies!!

 

DD reads the map as we try and get used to being in a Florida forest when the day before we were in snowy New Brunswick!
DD reads the map as we try and get used to being in a Florida forest when the day before we were in snowy New Brunswick!

Okeeheelee Nature Center
7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33413
Phone: (561) 233-1400
Fax: (561) 233-1406
www.pbcparks.com/nature

Trails are open daily sunrise to sunset
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 1:00pm-4:30pm
Saturday: 10am-4:30pm

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