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Jupiter Ridge Natural Area
Palm Beach County
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jupiter ridge natural area
jupiter ridge natural area
jupiter ridge natural area

1800 South U.S. Highway 1


Jupiter Ridge Natural Area is 270 acres but feels so much bigger. Big enough to lose yourself, figuratively speaking. Big enough that, in places, the civilized world disappears. Its topography adds to both its charm and challenge; the place rolls like few other places in this part of Florida, a remnant of an ancient beach.

It's part scrub, part mangrove swamp, part depression marsh and a lot flatwoods. In places, sand pines dominate, providing a woody haven for warblers of all stripes, vireos, cardinals and other birds. The western edge of the area backs up to the Intracoastal Waterway; a sandy bank called Ski Beach provides an entry point into the natural area for boaters.

One other thing stands out about Jupiter Ridge: there are huge colonies of powderpuff and British soldier lichen over much of the natural area, more so than any other place we've been in South Florida. It's a testiment to how pristine this place is. There are two trails, one accessible, the other natural surface. The natural surface trail is 1.77 miles, made more difficult by the rolling hills and deep sand. There is a parking lot and portable toilet, but no drinking water. Palm Beach County leases most of the land from the state and manages the site.

More Resources for Jupter Ridge Natural Area
Institute for Regional Conservation Great Florida Birding Trail    
Photo Gallery for Jupiter Ridge Natural Area
scrub lizard flea bane fetterbush palm warbler
grasshopper prickly pear partridge pear black and white warbler
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east coast dune sunflower mushroom feays palafox noarrowleaf slik grass
october flower gopher tortoise
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