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Okeeheelee Nature Center

By DD - Last updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
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

Partridge Island

By DD - Last updated: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Walking on the beach towards Partridge Island, a family wanders inside their separate spaces towards the future.

Walking  towards Partridge Island, a family moves inside their separate spaces towards the island.

Partridge Island used to be an island but the erosion of its bank turned it into an inlet. To get to Partridge Island, follow directions to the Ottawa House Historic site. There is a dirt road that leads to the foot of Partridge Island but there a a few private properties and they prefer people to park at the Ottawa House parking lot.

Partridge Island Trail

Partridge Island Trail

A 5-10 minute walk on the rocky beach leads to a 45 minute trail to awesome views of the Bay of Fundy. It is a steep climb but there are benches along the way. It is said that the Mi’kmaq used this trail that was home to their god Glooscap. According to legends, Glooscap was the first human, created out of a lightning bolt in the sand. Feel the past as you discover the roots of Partridge Island.

Cliffs seen from Partridge Island lookout.

Cliffs seen from Partridge Island lookout.