Hiking Trails in Palm Beach County for a Breath of Fresh Air

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Palm Beach is famous for its pristine beaches and affluent island lifestyle, one of the biggest drawcards for visitors and day-trippers from Fort Lauderdale and Miami. However, there is a whole other side to Palm Beach worth seeing. Head to West Palm Beach for a breath of fresh air on some of Palm Beach County's pristine hiking trails and paths. Hikes that will take you through striking landscapes from wetlands to the ocean, or along some of the most scenic urban shorelines. Florida has an incredibly unique ecosystem made famous by the Everglades and the unparalleled natural parks of the Florida Keys. But Palm Beach offers a fabulous opportunity to enjoy this rare and special wilderness without the same tourist crowds. With travel and associated businesses still in a state of flux, it has never been more important to keep the safety of you and others in mind when you travel. If you decide to travel during this time, please ensure you are prepared and travel responsibly. Hiking trails to suit even the most casual hiker, all very accessible from Palm Beach. It might be bird watching or the unique wetland habitats that interest you. Or, you just want to hit the pavement for a breath of fresh air and see a different side of Palm Beach. No matter your style, we have a hiking trail or path for you. While Palm Beach is often associated with the glamorous jet-set and famous golfing fraternity, there is still a multitude of accommodation options in Palm Beach to suit every style and budget.From premium beachfront resorts to city break style hotels, cosy studios, and self-contained villas, there is an accommodation option to suit any visitor to Palm Beach.Choose to stay in West Palm Beach, and you get the best of both worlds - beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and plenty to keep a family entertained. You also expand your accommodation options ranging from budget-friendly to luxe deluxe and position yourself closer to some of South Florida's most beautiful natural parks. Okeeheelee Park is a massive green space just west of Palm Beach - one of the largest parks in South Florida. Covering over 1700 acres, the park offers a plethora of recreation areas and activities including sports facilities, kayaking, paddle boats, fishing, expansive water skiing lakes, mountain bike, hiking and multi-purpose trails. There is even an equestrian centre with 9 miles of equestrian trails.The park also has the Okeeheelee Nature Center and Nature Trails – Over 90 acres of woodlands with 2.5 miles of wooded trails winding around various ponds.The nature trail takes you through easy trails of pine flatwoods, dense palm hammocks and wetlands brimming with bird and wildlife – habitats once common in the now densely populated West Palm Beach area. Enjoy scenic views over the ponds made from former rock pits, spot deer in designated enclosure spaces and giant gopher tortoises grazing are a common sight along the trails.The Okeeheelee Park Nature Trails are different from those around the park and are accessed via the Okeeheelee Nature Centre. The Apoxee and Owahee Trail Loop is a 4.7-mile loop trail near West Palm Beach. The first urban wilderness park set aside by the City for the preservation of natural areas. This section of the Owahee Trail takes you over the West Palm Beach water supply as you hike the wet prairies and tropical hammocks of Apoxee Park and the southernmost part of Grassy Waters Preserve. A combination of boardwalks and natural trails take you through stunning water views and unique habitats that thrive in the wet and humid environment. Popular with bird watchers, the area has abundant opportunities for wildlife sightings, in particular wading birds. This is a great hike for all skill levels and is accessible all year round. However, it should be noted, after heavy rains, sections of the trail can become flooded so be prepared for some low-level wading in the wet season.