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Top Parks & Nature Preserves on the Treasure Coast

Treasure Coast Top Parks & Preserves

Posted on: November 16, 2018

Life on the Treasure Coast is nothing short of spectacular. Check out all there is to do right in your backyard.

South Florida’s nature and history are unlike anything else. Think about it: Where else can you find a pioneer encampment or see loggerhead turtles come on shore to lay eggs? When you’re at these parks and nature preserves, you can! We’re so lucky that these natural areas have been designated as culturally, historically and naturally significant enough to be set aside for our enjoyment and research. When you come visit the Treasure Coast, make sure to check out these places!

House of Refuge

When waves come crashing onto the beach, water comes up through the limestone, making for a dramatic display. This location holds biological importance, its beaches serving as a refuge for loggerhead sea turtles, crabs and other sea creatures. It also holds historical importance as a lighthouse and lifesaving station for shipwrecked sailors in the late 1800s. Make sure to take time to walk through the museum and learn of what life was like when the House of Refuge was in operation.

Spruce Bluff Preserve

It’s one thing to read history in a book, it’s another to see it right in front of you! Spruce Bluff Preserve is a self-guided trail through scrub and marshland. Along the way, you’ll come across the remnants of an 1891 pioneer encampment. Check out the informative signs that explain what life was like back then. Head a little further, and you’ll come across one of the larger Native American middens in the area. These middens are important to archaeologists and historians, containing clues as to how people lived here centuries ago.

The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

Florida has an amazing diversity of plant life on display. Within a 10-minute walk, the ecosystem can change from wet and swampy to dry and scrubby, and the plants within that ecosystem will change accordingly. The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens serves to highlight this biological diversity, with gardens such as a Native Trees Garden and a Palm Walk Garden. As you wander throughout the garden, keep an eye out for the native queen myrtle trees. Their impressive mix of colors makes them enchanting in the spring. An upcoming park and boardwalk area near the gardens will serve to enhance your experience of and appreciation for the botany on display.

Savannas Preserve State Park

Savannas Preserve State Park is representative of what a basin marsh would have looked like before people moved to the area. The park is happy to help educate guests with guided kayak and walking tours in which staff will highlight important natural and historical features, along with plants and animals of the area. Make sure you check out the trails that run throughout, whether you choose to walk them, bike them or explore them on horseback!

The North Fork of the St. Lucie River

Serving as both a scenic waterfront retreat and a way to preserve Southeast Florida’s waterways, this is the place where residents come to unwind after long and busy days. On the Treasure Coast, residents can access the waterway from the North Fork, St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve. Just past White City, this preserve represents the meandering corridor of life that remains untouched and preserved for enjoyment. The river itself running from Club Med to White City, once served as the backdrop for the 11th James Bond movie, Moonraker. It’s a short distance from many residential areas, giving homeowners a much-desired waterfront lifestyle.

One such riverside community is Rivella, by GroundStone Homes, coming soon to the Treasure Coast. The gated community rests on the edge of the St. Lucie River where it joins the North Fork, with easy access to kayaking, fishing and simply exploring the natural beauty of the area via the community’s walking trails. The community will be located just a short drive away from some of the area’s best golf courses, beaches and entertainment, including the House of Refuge Museum, Bathtub Reef Beach and the Lyric Theatre. Community amenities will include a pool, tennis courts and a fully equipped Clubhouse.

Homes at Rivella will range in size from 3 to 6 bedrooms, with select homesites available directly on the river with the option for a private dock. Signature series homes start in the mid $300s, and estate homes are priced from the mid $500s to over $1 million, some with custom floorplan options. Call 772-206-2900 or visit RivellaFL.com for more information and request a copy of our free digital brochure, highlighting our unique Florida waterfront lifestyle and all of the options available for your new dream home. Best of all, we’ll put you on the guest list for our model grand opening in the spring of 2019.

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