Sunday, February 23, 2014

Our Visit to Fern Forest Nature Center

Fern Forest Nature Center is around 247 acres located in Broward County, FL.  There are 3 short trails to hike.

This is a nice park to explore.  It only took us about an hour.  The Nature Center has some info, exhibits and information on the history of the park.  Only one bad thing, WEAR MOSQUITO SPRAY!  I have gone in the summer and we visited in February (we had 90% humidity - Yes, it was February) and needed the spray.

We first started out on the Maple Walk Trail, which is an 1/8 mile foot trail through a red maple swamp.    We wore our boots, but it was just too muddy and part of the trail was covered in water so we turned around.  I have tried twice to go on this trail with no such luck.  The last time it was dry, but the mosquitoes chased us out.

We then headed down the Wetland Wander Trail - South, to the Prairie Overlook Trail.  This trail was only 1 mile long.  It is ground level with a few tree roots to walk over.

The skeeters were out on this trail as well, but not as bad as buzzing in your ear.  This trail takes you to the Prairie Overlook.

We then continued to our right and came back out to the Wetland Wander Trail.  We then headed to the Cypress Creek Trail.

The Cypress Creek Trail is a 1/2 mile boardwalk trail through a hardwood hammock and a cypress-maple swamp.

Some of the wildlife to be found at this park are bobcat, armadillos, snakes and many species of birds.

Fern Forest is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Fern Forest Nature Center is free.  There was a lot of parking.  There are picnic tables, but no fires or grills are permitted.

There is also a Shelter, Assembly Hall, Restrooms and an Amphitheater.

Fern Forest is located at: 201 Lyons Road, South Coconut Creek, FL  33063