Savannas Reserve State Park

Description:
Canoe or hike along portions of this 10-mile long wetland near Fort Pierce, which features marshes, lakes, wet prairies, pine flatwoods and an upland sand pine community along the Atlantic Coastal Ridge.

Watchable Wildlife:
Scan the wetlands to see herons, egrets, anhingas and sandhill cranes. Spur trails off of the main flatwoods trail at Sandhill Crane Park afford views of the wetlands. In the flatwoods, look and listen for pine warblers and brown-headed nuthatches. The sand pine scrub community on the southeastern portion of the preserve (Hawk's Bluff Loop Trail) is a good place to see scrub jays, gopher tortoises and rare plants such as the fragrant wooly cactus. Ranger-led canoe trips and hikes are occasionally offered.

Ownership:
Department of Environmental Protection

Contact:
(727) 340-7530 or (772) 398-2779

Directions:
From Fort Pierce, travel south on US 1 to Walton Rd. Turn left (east) and go 2 miles to the pine flatwoods trail head at Sandhill Crane Park or access the trail from the Environmental Education Center, located just east of Sandhill Crane Park. The Center is open Mon. - Wed. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach the Hawk's Bluff Trail, continue east on Walton Rd., turn right on Indian River Drive and travel 4 miles to County Line Rd.. Turn right and follow County Line Rd. through a residential area. This road becomes Savanna Rd. After the last house on the right, at the top of a ridge, look for the Preserve sign and gate. Park alongside the road to access the trail.

Related Sites:
Other East Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



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