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Federal Outstanding Natural Area Hike - Jupiter

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at 11:26am.

Once a month, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum host a hike through their 120-acre outstanding natural area in Jupiter. The area is one of only three federally designated Outstanding Natural Area. The area is preserved for the precious history of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse location and the botanical beauty found in the area. Congressionally designated as an Outstanding Natural Area in 2008.

The intention behind the federal designation is to “protect, conserve, and enhance the unique and nationally important historic, natural, cultural, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational values of the Federal land surrounding the Lighthouse for the benefit of present generations and future generations for the people in the United States.” 

It is also historically significant not just for the lighthouse, but also for its German U-boat tracking station during World War II. Lighthouse tours at Jupiter Lighthouse Park are held 10-5 Tuesday - Sunday. There is a fee for lighthouse tours but access to the grounds is free. There is also a history museum on site.

Enjoy a 2-mile trek through the area, learning about the topography and natural history, stopping at historic points along the way including the Lighthouse. The hike lasts about two hours. Children must be over the age of five and kids under thirteen need to be accompanied by an adult. Wear hiking footwear, activewear, a hat, sunglasses, and bring a big bottle of water because you will be out in the sun. 

For more information on scheduled hikes of the Outstanding Natural Area please visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.

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