7601 VPI Grove Road
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987
This site features one of the largest stands of pristine Pine flatwoods in western St. Lucie County. Three trails totaling six miles traverse the 750-acre preserve. An elevated observation deck overlooks a saw grass marsh. This site is also part of the state’s “Great Florida Birding Trail,” where a variety of birds are often seen, including the Sandhill Crane, Wood Stork and Bald Eagle.
Trails: (6) miles of trail, consisting of 2 loops.
Habitiat: Mostly Wet Pine Flatwoods, consisting of Slash pine and cabbage Palm with depression marshes interspersed throughout.
Commonly seen wildlife: Deer, hog, meadowlark, sandhill crane, barred owl and cardinal.
A portion of the site was cultivated in the 1930's with tomatoes. St. Lucie County at one time was the largest winter producer of tomatoes in the nation. Several of the old fields persist, and provide forage for a variety of wildlife.
This site is part of the Florida Great Birding Trail, where a variety of birds are often seen including Sandhill Crane, Wood Stork and Bald Eagle.
During much of the year the southern trails are wet.