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Jupiter Inlet Natural Area
Getaways Close to Home > Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area (FL) 
Location
Approximately 20 miles north of West Palm Beach, Florida.
 
Description
The Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area is a virtual “island” of sand, pine forest, and oak scrub that surrounds the historic Jupiter Lighthouse near the thriving communities of Jupiter and Tequesta, Florida. This vestige of a once-widespread plant community supports a host of rare and endemic plant species, as well as a breeding population of scrub jays, a Federally-listed threatened species.
 
Directions
From West Palm Beach, follow Interstate 95 north 16 miles to Indiantown Road (State Highway 706) at exit 87A. Follow Indiantown Road east toward Jupiter for approximately 3 miles, and after the drawbridge, turn left and go north on U.S. Highway 1 approximately 1.5 miles to Beach Road (State Highway 707). The natural area and the associated Jupiter Lighthouse Park straddle State Highway 707 immediately east of U.S. Highway 1. The visitor center is located in the white barracks building at the southern end of Lighthouse Park.
 
Visitor Activities
Wildlife viewing, birdwatching, picnicking, plant viewing, interpretation, historic site, and hiking.
 
Special Features
An award-winning tidal wetland, constructed along the Intracoastal Waterway, provides habitat for wading birds and a nursery for marine fish. The picturesque Jupiter Lighthouse has been recently restored to mint condition. Tours are offered by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. Interpretive programs focus on the history of the construction of the lighthouse and the lives of the early lighthouse keepers, providing poignant stories of life in south Florida in the 1800s.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
None.
 
Accessibility
The lighthouse is not wheelchair-accessible. Deep sand on much of the tract limits access by wheelchairs. The lighthouse visitor center and restrooms are universally accessible.
 
Camping and Lodging
Lodging is available at numerous nearby hotels and resorts in Jupiter (3 miles south) and West Palm Beach (12 miles southwest). There are several commercial and public campsites within 15 miles of Jupiter.
 
Food and Supplies
A full range of restaurants and stores is available in the Jupiter area.
 
First Aid
The Jupiter Urgent Care facility is located at 1335 W. Indiantown Road; the nearest hospital is the Jupiter Medical Center at 1210 S. Old Dixie Highway in Jupiter.
 
 
Additional Information
The Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area is open to foot traffic only. Vehicles must stay on paved public roads. Lighthouse tours are available through the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. Tickets are available from the lighthouse visitor center located at the southern end of the tract. Tours are available Sunday–Wednesday from 10 a.m.–3:15 p.m., and typically last 40–45 minutes. For safety reasons, shoes must have an enclosed heel or strap, and children must be at least 48 inches tall. The lighthouse’s 105 stairs can be challenging, especially during the heat of the summer. For more information and updates, visitors should call the lighthouse visitor center at (561) 747-8380. Portions of the tract continue to be used by the U.S. Coast Guard. These areas are marked by signs and fenced and are not accessible to the public. Nearby attractions include The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve, Loxahatchee River Historical Museum, Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and Jonathan Dickerson State Park.
 
Contact Information
BLM - Jackson Field Office
411 Briarwood, Suite 404
Jackson, MS 39206
Tel: (601) 977-5400
 

Jupiter Inlet

Once choked with invasive, exotic plants, the reconstructed wetlands at the Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area in Florida are now an integral part of Indian River Lagoon, one of the most diverse estuaries in the country. (Jerry Sintz, BLM Utah State Office (retired))


Jupiter Inlet Natural Area Map


 
Last updated: 10-23-2009