Chapel Trail Nature Preserve

Broward County

19800 Sheridan Street
Pembroke Pines


At 450 acres, Chapel Trail Nature Preserve is one of the largest municipally run natural areas in South Florida. It's almost entirely marsh, although there are some wooded areas along the perimeters. A 1,650-foot boardwalk makes for easy walking. It is linear, however, making a walk from the parking lot to its terminus and back about three-fifths of a mile.The boardwalk is well marked with interpretive signs. Figure about an hour's stay at minimum to leisurely take Chapel Trail in.

This would seem to be an ideal place to find wading birds doing their thing in the marsh and song birds in the trees, especially during the cooler months. Snakes, frogs, turtles, alligators, marsh rabbits and even deer are among the 120 species Pembroke Pines officials say might be encountered here.

Chapel Trail Preserve has ample parking, restrooms and a canoe/kayak launch. In normal times, the city rents canoes on Saturdays, but that has been suspended. The preserve is open dawn to dusk Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Chapel Trail Preserve is free to visit.
Virtual Tour

Cover Photo: We saw more anhingas during our visit to Chapel Trail Preserve than any other bird species other than perhaps the purple swamphens. This guy — and it is a male — sat near the canoe launch having just eaten lunch. Click on the photos below for full-sized images and detailed descriptions.

  • The Boardwalk
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  • Purple Swamphen Ground Zero?
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  • Tree Islands
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  • Looking Back
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Getting There ...
Chapel Trail Nature Preserve is on the south side of Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines, near its terminus. From I75, take the Sheridan Street West exit.

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