Wakodahatchee Wetlands Loop Trail, Wakodahatchee Wetlands Loop Trail, South Florida Wetlands: Palm Beach and Broward Counties, Florida

Wakodahatchee Wetlands Loop Trail - 0.5 miles

Wakodahatchee Wetlands Loop Trail

A common turtle moving slowly across dry land bridge at Wakodahatchee Preserve

A common turtle moving slowly across dry land bridge at Wakodahatchee Preserve

Round-Trip Length: 0.5 miles
Start-End Elevation: 0' - 0'
Elevation Change: Nominal elevation gain
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs Allowed: No
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
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Wakodahatchee Wetlands Loop Trail - 0.5 Miles Round-Trip

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands Preserve offers a respite for those looking to escape the Delray Beach crowds and experience how Florida might have felt at the turn of the century.

Every day, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department's Southern Region Water Reclaimation Facility pumps approximately two million gallons of highly treated water into the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. By acting as a natural filter for the nutrients that remain, the wetlands work to further clense the water.

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands Loop Trail showcases a variety of sub-tropical plants, wildlife, and birds including:

Chimney Swifts, Belted Kingfishers, House Wrens, Sedge Wrens, Marsh Wrens, Eastern Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls, Common Nighthawks, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons and many more.

Alligators, small reptiles, large fresh water turtles, and a variety of snakes including the venomous water moccasin are also found in the Wakodahatchee wetlands.

The trail itself follows a raised wooden platform for a .5 mile loop cutting through the wetlands.

There are covered gazebos along the way with wooden benches on which to rest. This is a great, short trail to take children on to teach them about the endangered species who inhabit the preserve.

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Interactive GPS Topo Map

Key GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84

  • N 26 28.985 W 80 08.550 — Wakodahatchee Wetlands Preserve

Worth Noting

  • The name, Wakodahatchee is derived from the Seminole Indian Language and translates as "created waters."

  • Despite the beauty of these wetlands, the preserve itself is man-made

  • The wetlands are open to the general public from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. There is no entry fee and parking is free.

Camping and Backpacking Information

There is no camping or backpacking available.

Fishing Information

There is no fishing available.

Directions to Trailhead

Locted three miles East of the renowned Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the Wakodahatchee Wetlands is located in suburban Delray Beach on the east side of Jog Road between Woolbright Road and Atlantic Avenue. Exit Route 95 onto Atlantic Avenue West; continue to Jog Road; turn right; park is on the right, on the southeast side of Palm Beach County Water Utility Department's Southern Region Operations Center at 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach.

Contact Information

PBC Water Utilities Department
2065 Prairie Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone: 561.641.3429
Fax: 561.641.3472

More Info: http://www.pbcgov.com/waterutilities/wakodahatchee/

Trip Reports

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