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Apoxee Wilderness Trail

Apoxee (pronounced “Ah-po-ee”) is the first in the City of West Palm Beach’s series of urban wilderness parks, set aside for preservation and public enjoyment. Apoxee, which means “beyond tomorrow” in the Miccosukee language, is especially unique and visionary due to plans to use its wetlands as a new water supply (maximum 10 million gallons per day) in order to achieve both urban and environmental water sustainability!

In the wet prairies and tropical hammocks of Apoxee Park, the first urban wilderness area in Palm Beach County, you’ll walk over and through the water supply of West Palm Beach.

A fascinating 4.7-mile day hike showcasing the sheet flow of water through habitats that thrive in humidity and dampness, the Apoxee Wilderness Trail features a mix of boardwalks, crushed limestone, and natural surfaces underfoot on a loop that includes a section of the Owahee Trail, a lengthy berm that runs through all of Grassy Waters Preserve.

Location:   The Apoxee Trail is located at 3125 North Jog Road in West Palm Beach, Florida.  West of the Florida Turnpike, on Okeechobee Boulevard west ½ mile to Jog Road, then north ½ mile on the west side of Jog Road.  For further information on the Apoxee Trail.

 

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Grassy Waters Preserve

Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23 square mile wetlands ecosystem that serves as the freshwater supply for the City of West Palm Beach and the towns of South Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island. Historically, Grassy Waters was both a key component of the Greater Everglades watershed and the headwaters of the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River.

Although human needs have led to severe alterations to the flow of water through South Florida, Grassy Waters Preserve remains a pristine remnant of the once great Everglades system. A mosaic of wetlands, tree islands, and forested hammocks, Grassy Waters Preserve is home to a variety of native wildlife. Commonly sighted species including the everglades snail kite, wood stork, white ibis, great blue heron, white tailed deer, otter, bobcat, and alligator.

Location:  The main entrance to Grassy Waters Preserve is located off Northlake Boulevard, about a ½ mile west of the Beeline Highway in West Palm Beach, Florida.  For further information on the Grassy Waters Preserve.