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Ten Mile Creek Preserve!

Ten Mile Creek Preserve
Ten Mile Creek Preserve

This eight-acre site provides canoe access to Ten Mile Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. A short, self-guided interpretive trail guides visitors through the floodplain forest, floodplain swamp and oxbows.

Trailhead at Ten Mile Creek Preserve
Trailhead at Ten Mile Creek Preserve

Floodplain forest and floodplain swamp along Ten Mile Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. Excellent examples of hammock hickory (carya aquatica). Commonly seen wildlife: Alligator, black vulture, turkey vulture, herons, egrets and ibis.

Alligator, Ten Mile Creek Preserve

Picnic Table and Bench by Ten Mile Creek
Picnic Table and Bench by Ten Mile Creek

The trail head and parking area is located at 3401 Gordy Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34945, Contact Number 772-462-2526.

Ten Mile Creek
Ten Mile Creek

Hiking Trails
Canoe Access
Picnic Tables

Nice Sabal Palms
Nice Sabal Palms, Ten Mile Creek Preserve

Guidelines and Safety Information

  • Be cautious of uneven trail surfaces.
  • Please remain on the trail.
  • Carry adequate drinking water.
  • In case of lightning, seek a low area away from trees, fence lines and tall objects.
  • In case of emergency, call 911.
  • While hiking the trail you may encounter animals indigenous to this area. Please observe from a safe distance.
  • Leave all plant life intact.
  • Please leave site cleaner than you found it. “Pack it in, pack it out.”
  • If heading out on creek, use safety gear.
  • Use at own risk.

More About the Preserve

Plenty of Shade
Plenty of Shade, Ten Mile Creek Preserve

Trails: A short self-guiding interpretive trail guides visitors through the floodplain forest with excellent views into the historic oxbows (a U-shaped bend in the course).

Beautiful Oak and Palm Trees
Beautiful Oak and Palm Trees, Ten Mile Creek Preserve

A canoe trail is planned in the near future that will lead canoers/kayakers through the historic oxbows of Ten Mile Creek.

Footbridge, Ten Mile Creek Preserve

Early Ten Mile Creek, along with Five Mile Creek to the northeast, form the headwaters of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, an Outstanding Waterway. These headwaters were originally comprised of a large area of interconnected marsh that eventually formed a creek. This marsh system, in times of high water, connected with the St. Johns River, allowing native peoples to travel.

Hanging Plants
Hanging Plants, Ten Mile Creek Preserve

Some Text Source: St. Lucie County Florida

My Take on Ten Mile Creek Preserve

This preserve is quiet and not very busy at all. It has a parking area with picnic tables and is close to town with easy access from route 70 in Fort Pierce, Florida. Gordy Road is just west of the Florida Turnpike on the south side of the road.

Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss, Ten Mile Creek Preserve

More of Ten Mile Creek
More of Ten Mile Creek

Just Beautiful!
Just Beautiful!, Ten Mile Creek Preserve

You can hike around the oxbows and also hike over by Gordy Road Recreation Area at Gordy Road Preserve. When you leave Ten Mile Creek Preserve, just turn right and go to the end of the road and make a left. You can also take a trail that takes you over to LeStrange Preserve but I would be very careful because when I hiked it I got lost. So I would only do that trail if they have opened the trail and marked it better! If it is still closed, I would not risk it! I will strongly suggest not to take that trail unless you are with someone who is very familiar with that area. Good luck, stay on the trail, and stay safe!

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