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Pond Hawk Natural Area Hiking Review

Pond Hawk Natural Area Hiking Review
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Pond Hawk Natural Area Hiking Review
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  • Terrain
  • Trail Markers

Summary

The Pond Hawk Natural Area offers a quick hike through a scrub area in South Florida. I like it as an after work hike because of the timing and ease. It gets really hot in South Florida in the summer but since this is a quick one, just bring water and you should be fine.

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User Rating: 5.0 (1 votes)
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Park Information

Pond Hawk Natural Area Trail Map
Pond Hawk Natural Area Park Home Page

Address

Pond Hawk Natural Area
1550 Yamato Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Hours

Sunrise – Sunset

Entrance Fee

Free




Pond Hawk Natural Area is located at 1550 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431 in Southern Palm Beach County. The area is next to the library and parking is plentiful. There is no entrance fee to enter the area. It offers 79 acres of 5 Florida ecosystems including: scrub, scrubby flatwoods, mesic flatwoods hydric hammock and sawgrass slouh. There is also an observation deck you can overlook some water at. This natural area was right down the road from me when I lived in South Florida and when I wanted a quick hike, this was the place for me. The trail markers were great and the trails were flat with good views of different scrub.

Pond Hawk Natural Area Hiking Trails

Multiuse Trail 0.25 Miles
Accessible Trail 0.71 Miles
North Hiking Trail 0.53 Miles
South Hiking Trail 0.80 Miles

When I hiked this area, it was really hot. I went in August and had my Camelbak (packed with ice) on me. South Florida in August can be brutal. It was a quick hike though. I saw a lot of snakes and a gopher tortoise. Other than the wildlife and scrub, it was a nice walk.

Pond Hawk Natural Area Hiking Suggestions

  • Water
  • Good walking or hiking shoes

It’s a great trail for after work that doesn’t take long. You’ll see a lot of snakes out on a cloudy day but they stay in the sandy areas as that’s where they can get heat when the sun isn’t out. Other than that, I didn’t see much wildlife. Again, this area was right down the road from me when I lived in South Florida and it was my favorite/quick hiking trail. I saw a lot of people out hiking this area and it offers a parking lot with plenty of spaces.

 

Christopher
Chris spends his time photographing and taking video of wildlife and nature. He spent 2 years in high school studying forestry (Gainesville, FL) and is currently studying to be an Advanced Master Naturalist at the University of Florida. His mission is to inspire others to get outside and learn.

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