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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

 Activities at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Beaches

Beaches

The park is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the state. Beach access is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily. During the summer months, south Florida beaches host one of the largest loggerhead sea turtle nesting grounds in the world. Nests will be marked, so please mind the designated areas as well as other sensitive habitats which contain some designated species including sea oats and beach peanut. Please mind the lifeguard flags when swimming, indicating water and surf conditions or rip currents. During the summer, if you are visiting our beaches in the evening, please use red L.E.D. lighting only as white light startles nesting female sea turtles and potentially disorients hatchling sea turtles.

Bicycling

Bicycling

The park drive is 1.9 miles and is very popular with bicyclers and in-line skaters alike. The drive is one-way and bicyclers and skaters are required to observe this restriction. The park’s trails are not officially designated as biking trails. However, some trails do accommodate bikes. Please ask for information and directions at the park.

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Camping, Group

Camping, Group

The Primitive Group Camp is temporarily closed for minor renovations. Please check with the park, or watch this space, for news regarding the reopening. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Primitive group camping is available to organized groups. For youth groups, at least one adult chaperone is required per 10 youths, ages 18 and under. Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age. The camp accommodates up to 40 people per overnight stay in tents, with a composting toilet system and a primitive shower available. Fires are permitted in the BBQ grills and campfire circle only. Please bring your own firewood. Fires may be prohibited during dry periods. Pets are not permitted overnight. For additional information, or to make reservations, please call (954) 564-4521.

Camping, Youth

Camping, Youth

The Fort Lauderdale Elks Club built the Elks Youth Camp in 1950 for non-profit youth groups. At least one adult chaperone is required per 10 youths, ages 18 and under. Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age. The camp accommodates 68 people in six cabins, all with restrooms and air conditioning. The lodge provides complete kitchen and dining facilities. A fire ring is available for campfires. Pets are not permitted overnight. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the park. For additional information, or to make reservations, please call (954) 564-4521.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoe rentals are available on the largest of the park's coastal dune lakes. Canoe rentals may be obtained at the Ranger Station for $5.30 including tax per boat. Capacity is 3 people per canoe. Kayak rentals may be obtained through the park’s concession, MCruz Rentals. Kayaks are $10.00 per hour in the lagoon; $20.00 per hour in the ocean; $35.00 for 3 hours in the ocean.

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Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity at the park and is allowed in any public access area and only from the Intracoastal Waterway seawall. No fishing is permitted in waters, such as the mangroves or the coastal dune lake, within the interior of the park. Please mind 'No Fishing' signs. Fishing licenses are required in the State of Florida. You can purchase a fishing license at MyFWC.com/LICENSE, or at most bait and tackle shops. Licenses are also available toll-free at 1-888-FISHFLORIDA (processing fees apply to telephone and internet sales).

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The Coastal Hammock Trail provides hikers a 20-minute leisurely walk through a native maritime tropical hardwood hammock ecosystem, some of the last designated within Broward County. Interpretive signs along the trail provide information about the habitat and native flora. The Mid Trail gives a different view of the park by including many plants brought here by Mr. Birch. A self-guided Audio Tour may be taken through your personal cell phone. Please inquire at the Ranger Station for the Mid Trail Audio Tour information. The tour is free at this time, but donations are appreciated for maintaining the program. All donations go to the park’s 'Friends' group, Friends of Birch State Park, Inc. Stations are marked with numbers 1–12. This ¾-mile walk winds its way through a mix of native vegetation and non-native species and offers the listener an historical and ecological overview of the park.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Several shaded picnic areas with playground equipment, pavilions and barbecue grills are conveniently located close to parking throughout the park. Pavilions 1 & 2 are located under a shaded canopy and a reasonable walk to the Beach Gate Entrance. Pavilion 3 is located with a lovely view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Each of the three picnic pavilions is equipped with electricity and water and can accommodate approximately 75 people. The pavilions may be rented for $84.80 per day, tax included.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is available on the beach adjacent to the park. Guests can access the beach through the Beach Gate Entrance. MCruz Rentals Concession is located at the Beach Gate and guests can rent beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks and other services. No swimming is permitted within any interior park waters such as the Mangroves or Coastal Dune Lake.

Tours

Tours

Ranger-guided Walks

Ranger-guided walks are provided throughout the year on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. (or rescheduled due to Friday special events). Tours can be tailored to different age groups. Ranger-guided walks rotate through different locations within the park interpreting different ecosystems and historical points such as the Mangroves, the Mid Trail, adjacent to the Coastal Dune Lake, Terramar, Sensitive Habitats or Beach Habitats and the Beach Hammock Trail. A live animal presentation is offered every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Beach Gate entrance and includes protected Eastern Indigo Snake, Corn Snakes, Diamondback Terrapin Turtles and other natural objects for interpretation from the park. Walks and Programs for individuals, students and organized groups, on other days and times, are available by pre-arrangement. Please contact the Ranger Station if you wish to schedule a Ranger-guided walk. For additional information, or to make reservations, please call (954) 564-4521.

Full Moon Mangrove Tour

We also offer the Full Moon Mangrove Tour (Reservation only – Minimum 5 people / Maximum 11people). Winter months are recommended. This tour is offered on a weekday around the Full Moon. Guests are taken on a ranger-guided canoe ride into our mangrove habitat area. The tour weaves through mangrove canals and guests learn about the park as well as the restoration area and its significance to the health of our coastline. The tour takes approximately 3 hours from start to finish. Guests should dress appropriately for the outdoors, prepare for bugs, bring portable drinking containers and snacks. Tour start times vary by time of the sunset. To make reservations, please call the Ranger Station at (954) 564-4521. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seats and dates are very limited.

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Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Special Notice: The Terramar Visitor Center is temporarily closed for major renovations. Please check with the park, or watch this space, for news regarding the reopening. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Ranger-guided tours in the vicinity of the building, and near its adjacent Sensitive Habitats, are available by pre-arrangement. Please inquire at the Ranger Station.

The Terramar Visitor Center is Hugh Taylor Birch's home. Built in 1940, it is a mix of Mediterranean and Art Deco styles. It contains displays of the history of the area and an environmental display of this unique ecosystem. The Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. Admission is free with paid park entrance.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park offers premier birding for novice and experts alike. The park is known for many sightings of Caribbean species as well as migratory species, with over 250 species on the park’s bird list. The park is listed on the Great Florida Birding Trail Guide. Other wildlife, such as the threatened Gopher Tortoise and the common Raccoon may be encountered. Please do not touch or feed our wildlife as this is detrimental to the animal.

Guests may inquire to see our park’s live animal exhibits by pre-arrangement. Our native live exhibits include a threatened Eastern Indigo, Corn Snakes, Rat Snakes and Diamondback Terrapin Turtles.