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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Map & Directions 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


New Times Broward-Palm Beach's Description

If you want to immerse yourself in nature, Hugh Taylor's legacy is the place to do it. Fort Lauderdale's Hugh Taylor Birch Park features a humid maze of tropical hammocks -- the perfect throwback to what once was. There are all kinds of options for exploring this oasis, from canoeing the freshwater lagoon to hiking the two on-site trails to biking the paved road. There's also beach access, if you need a little sandy love in your life. And it's all just a quick jaunt from city living.

Merchant's Description

A short walk from beachside shops and condominiums, this park is an oasis of tropical hammocks - a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to Florida's posterity. His former estate preserves four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors can rent a canoe and paddle along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the seawall. Nature lovers can hike along two short trails and learn about local plants and wildlife, while bicyclists and skaters glide along the paved park road. Visitors can access the beach via the pedestrian tunnel under A1A. Picnic areas overlook the channel; pavilions with water and electricity are available for rental. A group/youth campground is available to organized groups. The Terramar Visitor Center features displays regarding the area's natural and cultural history.

Member Reviews

  • on 02/16/11

    LOVE this park!! complete get away from the city.

  • on 09/05/10

    An 180n acre green oasis surrounded by urban Ft. Lauderdale. Inside Birch come find the treasures of our coastal past, with the last remnants of Subtropical Coastal, Hardwood Hammocks featuring a number of unique species that evolved in Florida-Carribean including Strangler Fig, Wild Coffee and Coontie. Canoe on a Coastal Dune Lake - a very inexpensive activity. Rent bikes and... More >>

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  • Jon B. on 12/24/11

    This is THE spot where the quarterly Tequesta Drum Circles are held in honor of the solstices & equinoxes. Haven't been here in the daytime, but the fire pit/drum circles are a blast!

  • Best of Broward 2013- Best Place to Propose: Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Rent a canoe for the evening and cue the little mermaids "kiss the girl", surrounded by beautiful nature ask her to marry you

  • M. Silver Associates on 01/12/12

    You can't beat the views and the oasis - great for couples, family and kids!

  • Kishi M. on 04/24/13

    Canoeing in the morning or late afternoon is a must. :)

  • Gary R. on 01/13/13

    Rent a kayak for $10 for a pleasant 40-minute or so trip to the end of the lagoon and back. Totally worth it if you're looking to escape into nature for a bit.

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