10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, FL – Palm Beach County, Florida
145,188-acre (587.55 km2) wildlife sanctuary
Loxahatchee includes the most northern remnant of the historic Everglades wetland ecosystem. Loxahatchee is exceptionally large and spread out with distinct areas. Open spaces, swamp like area, a wooded area, canals, and a boating dock. There is a boardwalk which goes over a wetlands forest / swamp with some birds hiding in the trees and the occasional snake or alligator in the water. The entire area is overly sensitive to the time of the year, for example in September – February (due to the rainy season) it is quite different than April – June. September – February there is lots of water, the swamp is full, the outer wetlands support more birds and other wildlife. Come June it is very dry there is no water at all in the swamp, and wetland flats are low. All wildlife is scarcer during these months.
Behind the Administrative Building is the swamp like area with a boardwalk.
This area also offers some refuge from the sun.
After walking thru the boardwalk, and then crossing the Admin parking lot to the other side of the entrance road, you encounter another small parking lot. There are some trees with the occasional owls and other fine feather friends.
Now you go out and walk down a dirt path, with open spaces on both sides of the path. There is very little shade, so you want avoid the late June – end of September months especially in the mid day, as the light is harsh. The early morning and late afternoon does have a really nice golden hour. There are some photographers, and bird watchers there, not as crowded as Green Cay, or Wakodahatchee.
I didn’t see very many mammals, once I saw a raccoon, There are butterflies and some flowers.
If your were to stay on the entrance road and take it to the end, about 1 – 2 miles, there is the boat launch and the horizon is flat Everglades.
All in all, this is a large spread-out area, it is nice to be in nature, for more information click Loxahatchee