Top Rides in Southeast Florida
Length/configuration: A 1.5-mile paved loop and a 2-mile (total) out-and-back.
Aerobic difficulty: Low; mostly flat terrain.
Technical difficulty: Easy; one spot where exposed roots require some maneuvering and concentration.
Scenery: High tree canopies, Australian pines, views of the intracoastal water.
General location: Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area is located in Fort Lauderdale.
Elevation change: No elevation change of consequence, except in an overgrown area of the forest on the northern end, near the picnic pavilions. Off to the left—just after beginning a section of double-track—you can see a bank that rises to the size of a fairly tall dune.
Season: This all-season trail occasionally gets some standing water in places.
Services: This is a recreation area with all the attendant facilities. No camping is permitted except by groups. Other services can be found in Florida's Atlantic coastal communities.
Hazards: Traffic shares the paved portions of the service road.
Rescue index: This trail can be the site of a quick rescue.
Land status: This is part of Florida's state park system.
Maps: The park entrance station has copies of the map for Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area, although the nature trails and existing double-track are not indicated completely. I made notes on the trails and used these to make the additions to the map in this guide.
Source of additional information:
Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
View Trail Map
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication