Many natural challenges have occured in the park this year with droughts, hurricanes and deluges of water. With this full circle of events, the marsh has now filled back up and the miles of trails within are anticipated dry up over the next few months. This will leave our park visitors with opportunities to explore the park either by hiking, canoeing or kayaking. Park Rangers and volunteers...
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Freshwater marshes, or 'savannas,' once extended all along Florida's southeast coast. Stretching more than 10 miles from Ft. Pierce to Jensen Beach, this preserve is the largest and most intact remnant of Florida's east coast savannas. The park preserves and protects environmentally unique and irreplaceable lands associated with the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, fresh water basin marsh and sand Pine scrub ridge charchteristic of the southeast Florida Coast fro the perpetual enjoyment of Florida Residents and visitors. During the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), Lt. Colonel Benjamin Pierce first used the term 'savannah' to describe a series of ponds and marshes found here. In 1879, Captain Thomas Richards planted the first pineapples, grown from cuttings he transported from Key West. The plants thrived in the sandy, well-drained soils and dozens of plantations appeared along the Atlantic Ridge. From 1895 to 1920, Jensen Beach was known as the 'Pineapple Capital of the World.' The park encompasses more than 6,000 acres of this biologically unique land acquired since 1977.