Located 12 miles south of Stuart on U.S. 1, this park teems with wildlife in 13 natural communities, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida's first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. Ranger-guided tours of the 1930s pioneer homestead of Trapper Nelson are available year-round. Visitors can enjoy paved and off-road biking, equestrian, and hiking trails. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking along the river are also great ways to see the park. Anglers can fish along the riverbank or from a boat. The nature and history of the park comes to life through exhibits and displays in the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center. Programs for the kids, or for the whole family, are also offered here. The park also offers two full-facility campgrounds and a youth/group primitive campground. Visitors can arrange boat tours of the river and rent canoes, kayaks, and motorboats by calling (561) 746-1466.

hiking
6 months ago

The biking trails are much more interesting than the walking trails to me. You do have to pay attention and move out of the way the bikers. But they are very nice.

It's just a road. If you're looking for a silent walk, then it's perfect. But if you are looking for adventure, then I don't recommend this trail. It's just a road that a car can drive on. Extremely monotonous.

I'll be back. I only had a Short time. Must see the tower!!

mountain biking
10 months ago

nice ride but to much sand for me..... will def be going back ....

nice mountain bike trails.

Great trail but not much variation in terrain or scenery.

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pleasant.

trail running
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Great. Liked the vegetation, white sandy trail. Must bring CamelBack! Hot, Hot, hot!
Cool scenic overlook on Mt. Hobe

mountain biking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Well maintained trails. Lots of great people to meet! We try to go a couple a times a mont.

hiking
Thursday, January 28, 2016

These photos are not of Kitching Creek Trail, but of the obersvation tower on the other side of the park. This park is fantastic and has alot to offer.

very fast course...trail has had a make-over...looking super nice. Loose sand is being covered... not as much of a problem as in the past...so I am told. rode with my 11 year old and we sailed through it...and will be back for sure.

mountain biking
Friday, November 13, 2015

Sandy !!

walking
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Nice trail for Florida. I completed the five mile loop that passes by a lake, through some pine and palm scrub. Saw a tortoise. Very peaceful, nice view of stars at night and some hills which are a rare find here. I also paddle boarded one day, saw many shark and fish. Would definitely recommend if you in the area.

camping
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Trail is great...sugar sand it's kind of hard to hike with your backpack full of camping gear but overall great place to stay overnight!

mountain biking
Friday, July 18, 2014

The mtb trails near the front of the park shouldn't be confused with the FL Trail & multi purpose trails mostly west of the RR tracks. There are about 8 miles of mtb trails here for all skill levels. As of July 2014 major improvements have been made to help the sand problem and more help is on the way. There is a pump track at the trail head for warm up and now a ~0.5 mile kids trail is in the works. Also, there is a practice skills area at the trailhead.

Some trail features you will encounter are palmetto roots, wood bridge(s), small logovers, short drops & climbs, man made berms, sand ladders, etc.

This trail never floods and is best ridden after a rain event. There is an outhouse at the trailhead but no water source. The trail is ridden counter-clockwise.

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walking
Friday, April 18, 2014

We would always take our boys through this trail when they were little. It was perfect for little legs and instilling that first interest in the outdoors.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Nice trail... A few decent drops but very sandy! Trails are composed of three different levels (novice, intermediate & expert). Intermediate and expert trails beware...lots of sliding and skidding due to heavy sandy areas!!! Trails become demanding due to all the sand but it's a great challenge and rewarding down the slopes. Overall rating 3 out 5. Also, caution when riding thru some areas of the trail...lots of giant spider webs and spiders may obstruct your path Beware!

hiking
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This trail goes from desert-like sugar sand dunes (some of the only non-flat hiking in South Florida) through pine flatwoods and beside the Loxihatchee River. Not as much wildlife as Everglades or Big Cypress, but still quite a bit. Two Florida-only species are found here: the Florida Scrub Jay and the Florida Scrub Lizard. If you're interested in hiking in Florida check out the Florida Trail Association, they have chapters in most counties and numerous group hikes.

mountain biking
Friday, April 20, 2012

Great riding, there's plenty for all skill levels. I like the difficult myself. It's sandy so go within a few days of a rain. There's some sick drops, quick turns and some awesome riding but like I said. Wait for the rain. Unless u like sugar sand.

hiking
Monday, April 16, 2012

There is little of interest almost like a walk across an overgrown field to the Hobe Sound Tower, which can be reached by a dirt road.. I hiked it on a weekend and it was very busy. The walk was easy and pleasant if you had interesting companions, easy to follow and mostly flat and dry. There is little canopy so carry sun screen and wear a hat and carry water.
The Tower is well worth the visit. Great views inland and water, ICW, beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

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