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Paleo Hammock Preserve
Part of the Steven J. Fousek Preserve.
Beautiful White Flowers
Location: 8551 Carlton Road
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987
Contact Number: 772-462-2526
One-mile Self-guided Interpretive Trail
This 80-acre site preserves a unique hammock with archaeological significance. A one-mile self-guided interpretive trail leads through a very old forest of elms, oaks and palms. An elevated observation deck overlooks a marsh.
An Elevated Observation Deck
Beautiful White Flowers, Top of Palm Tree
Trails: (1) mile self-guiding interpretive trail leads you through the hammock. Plus, there is also a Pink Trail in the preserve but it may be closed so call first if you think you might want to go on this trail. It is much longer than the short trail that takes you to the observation tower.
Habitat: A mix of several habitats including: Hammock with some very old Hickory, Florida Elm, Sugarberry, Live Oak, Laurel Oak, Depression Marsh and basin swamp. Commonly seen wildlife: Deer, turkey, ibis, heron, barred owl, cardinal, mockingbird, catbird and flycatcher. I also saw a raccoon by the parking area! Vultures are also very numerous in Florida.
Raccoon Passing Through
Historical Interest: A known archaeological site.
Note: Site is connected to other adjacent Preserves to the east and west.
Nice Palm Trees
Warning: Removing artifacts or disturbing archaeological sites is prohibited by state statute and local ordinance.
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I have been coming to Paleo Hammock Preserve for many years because it is a very nice place with hiking trails through beautiful trees and also another preserve right across the street that I have hiked in the same day! I usually go there in the cooler months between October and April. It just gets too hot in the spring and summer months in South Florida, not to mention the humidity and the bugs! The pink trail is a longer trail that you can take that heads south along the front of the preserve and then runs along a canal that in the past has an incredible amount of alligators! You have to be careful because sometimes they lay right by the trail that you are walking on. They can scare the dickens out of you when they splash into the canal as you walk by! I did not see any alligators the last time I was there. Maybe they cleaned them out, although I don't think so. The Pink Trail is also for horses and I have seen people riding back there. It is a long trail like I said earlier and I don't think you should attempt it in hot weather! I saw on their website that the Pink Trail was closed due to wildlife. I don't know what wildlife they are talking about because they did not specify, but again alligators are along the canal and you don't want to be close to them during mating season! The warmer months are in our wet season also, so it could be quite wet back there! As you can see by my photos of the Vulture and Raccoon, there are many wild animals around. I have even seen wild Feral Pigs across the street when hiking. If you go, stay on the trail and have lots of water. And, remember to have fun!
Pink Trail Next to Canal
Nice Yellow Flowers
Trail Along Canal
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