Size: 56.3 acres
Habitat: Mosaic of natural vegetation communities including both pine upland and wetland habitats. The site features pine flatwoods common to this part of Broward County, with surface rock outcroppings and a variety of grasses and wildflowers.
Vegetation: Slash pine, saw palmetto, myrsine, gallberry, staggerbush, beautyberry, cypress, swamp fern, sword fern, wax myrtle, muhly grass, and yellowtop.
Wildlife: Several species of hawks, various wood warblers, owls, woodpeckers, different species of wading birds, and various species of butterflies including zebra longwing.
Amenities: Covered overlooks, concrete walkway, restrooms, benches, interpretive signage, 2,334 feet of elevated boardwalk and nature trail.
EcoAction Days - October through May
Volunteer workdays help keep our natural areas clear of garbage and invasive plants. They're held on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Closed-toe shoes are required, and long pants and long sleeves are suggested. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Ages 13 to 17 must have a parent or guardian's signature on the registration form prior to participating. Volunteers under the age of 13 may participate, but only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. High school students can use the hours from these workdays toward their required community service hours. Check the volunteer Web page for the latest workday registration form. Preregister by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.
Nature at Night Hikes
These naturalist-led hikes awaken and explore your senses to reveal the sites distinctive night life. Offered on Saturday evenings throughout the year. Sturdy shoes are recommended. For ages 8 and up. The fee is $5 per person. Preregistration is required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.
Natural Area Exploration Series – October through May: Hour long naturalist-led nature hikes to explore this sites unique flora and fauna. Offered between October and May. Sturdy closed-toe shoes, drinking water, long sleeves, long pants, and binoculars are recommended. For ages 3 and up. $5/person. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.
Environmental and Scouting Programs: Getting people of all ages involved in the appreciation of nature is the focus of many of the programs at Hillsboro Pineland. Opportunities include activities for boy and girl scouts, children's programs, school field trips, private group tours, and more. Call Katherine Hendrickson at 954-357-5113 for more details and to make reservations.
A Little History: The site lies in the historic transition zone between the high-and-dry Atlantic Coastal Ridge of eastern Broward County and the now-drained Everglades of urbanized western Broward. Located near the headwaters of both the historic Hillsboro River and Cypress Creek, the area was once a vast landscape of marshes and swamps, with wet prairies and pine flatwoods occupying the higher ground. The site was purchased for $4.74 million with funds from the 1989 Environmentally Sensitive Lands Bond acquisition program.
Aerial image of Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
The natural area is accessible from Broward County Transit Route #18.
Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area
5591 N.W. 74th Place, Coconut Creek, FL 33073