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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
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.
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
Nice Sabal Palms
Plenty of Shade
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
A canoe trail is planned in the near future that will lead canoers/kayakers through the historic oxbows of Ten Mile Creek.
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.
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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.
More of Ten Mile Creek
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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