Savannas Preserve State Park - Halpatiokee Nature Trails

The Halpatiokee Nature Trails are located in the Savannas Preserve State Park. The Halpatiokee Nature Trails total one mile in length and meander through several diverse ecosystems. The side trails wind through oak scrub habitat and wet hammock communities. Scrub habitats comprise an increasingly imperiled ecosystem characterized by nutrient-poor soils, periodic drought, seasonally high rainfall, frequent wild fires, and plants and animals endemic to Florida. A number of animals are found in the oak scrub habitats, including some of Florida's most threatened and endangered species. Among them are the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), the eastern indigo snake (Masticophis flagellum flagellum), and the Florida scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens). Many other animals also utilize scrub areas for feeding and for shelter.

The main trail is approximately a half mile long and terminates at a dock on the North Fork/St. Lucie River. Trail users can launch canoes or kayaks from the dock. The St. Lucie Estuary and River watershed are drained by several creeks and canals that flow into the North Fork of the St. Lucie River before entering the Indian River Lagoon near the St. Lucie Inlet. Along the river, one is likely to see several species of waterfowl such as the great blue heron, little blue heron, reddish egret and the snowy egret.

 

Locator

Major Activities: Hiking

Trail Lengths/Surface: 1 mile/unpaved

Fee: None

County: St. Lucie

Nearby Cities:
Port St. Lucie

St. Lucie River Preserve State Park - Halpatiokee Nature Trails

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Major Activities Hiking 

Notes:
Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Savannas Preserve State Park has a number of activities and programs available. For further information, please contact the Education Center at 772-398-2779.

The Environmental Education Center is is located 2 miles east of US 1 on Walton Road in Port St. Lucie. The center is open Thursday through Monday--closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Environmental Education Center
2541 Walton Road
Port St. Lucie, Fl 34952


Access and Directions:

The Savannas Preserve State Park is located directly off of US 1 approximately 3/4 miles north of Walton Road and 1/10 miles south of Huffman Road in Port St. Lucie.

Contact Information:
Savannas Preserve State Park
9551 Gumbo Limbo Lane
Jensen Beach, Florida 34957
PPhone: 772-340-7530
Savannas State Park Website

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