Explore the most popular trails in John D. MacArthur Beach State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A unique mixture of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest, this barrier island provides a haven for several rare or endangered native tropical and coastal plant species. The park's Nature Center shows visitors why the park is a biological treasure. Visitors can swim, picnic, and surf at the beach; scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular activities. Birdwatchers can see herons, brown pelicans, terns, sandpipers, and gulls. Anglers can fish in the lagoon by wading, kayaking, or canoeing. They can also fish from non-swimming areas of the beach. Located in northern Palm Beach County, 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S. 1 and PGA Boulevard on A1A.

It’s mainly for bird watching

Nice leisurely flat stroll with extensive boardwalks. Wish I had brought my snorkel and fins.

beautiful park has everything you want. get free kayak rentals if you get a family yearly membership. so many places to kayak, paddleboard or canoe the beautiful crystal water you might see schools of fish jump out of the water right in front of you. you could see fish, stingrays, jellyfish, turtles, snakes, maybe alligators. if youre lucky youll spot a manatee swimming in the warm water next to you. theres a lovely boardwalk, that leads from the gift shop. rentals and lifejackets. you could take a tram across to the end of the boardwalk and walk on a gorgeous sandy beach .

easy to bring the stroller! very accessible and beautiful scenery!

Nice to have extensive description on tree species, but otherwise not much to see.

Beautiful boardwalk to the beach. Great to enjoy on a quiet morning.

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7 months ago

Nice little walk

hiking
7 months ago

I was not entirely thrilled with this park, granted had I have read the description prior to going I probably would have skipped it entirely. After paying a $5.00 entry fee (which I am okay with in hopes of it benefiting a local park) we drove around and noticed that majority of the park was consumed by parking lots/parking spaces. We brought our 2 dogs, whom were stared at with great concern when entering the park, and were told we had to stay clear away from the beaches and activities which left us solely to the trail, also not typically an issue. After parking and searching the very small park for the trail, we finally stumbled upon it and spent maybe a max of 10 minutes walking before we emerged from where we started. I’m sure the beach and rentals area is fantastic and there was a small playground that I believe our daughter would have enjoyed, however the trail itself was a little lack luster.

9 months ago

Total hidden gem!

Beautiful trail. Super short and great for families. Went with wife and baby and was done in about an hour. Super scenic views from the boardwalk across the intercostal. Would have spent more time on the beach if not for red tide. Would definitely come again to explore some of the other small trails, gift shop, and beach park.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

walking
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

bird watching
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

road biking
Friday, January 02, 2015

road biking
Tuesday, October 14, 2014