The National Conservation Lands are a system of special areas and sites under the BLM’s care that are known and preserved for their exceptional values. All have been established either by an Act of Congress or by Presidential Proclamation. These lands include wilderness areas, national monuments, wild and scenic rivers, national scenic and historic trails, and national conservation areas and similarly designated areas.

Among the similarly designated areas is the Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) designation established by Congress primarily to protect unique and nationally significant scenic, scientific, educational and recreational values. These values are geared to focusing on the natural, cultural and historic resources of the site.

The BLM currently manages three ONAs. The first, designated in 1980, was the Yaquina Head ONA, in Oregon. The remaining two ONAs, the Piedras Blancas Light Station ONA, and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA were both designated in 2008.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse stands tall against a blue sky on a sand dune covered with palm fronds and other tropic vegetation. Photo by Peter DeWitt

Photo by: Peter DeWitt, BLM

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA is the only unit of the National Conservation Lands east of the Mississippi River, and the only unit managed by the BLM’s Eastern States. In close proximity to several million people on Florida’s urbanized Treasure Coast, the 120-acre site in northern Palm Beach County was designated by congress in 2008.


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The ONA is home a remarkable array of natural and cultural resources including four sensitive habitats, 26 special status species, and an archaeological record providing evidence of human occupation dating back over 5,000 years.  These Historic, Cultural and Natural resources serve as the bases on which the congressional designation directs the protection, preservation and enhancement of the sites key values. 

Besides its namesake, the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, the ONA offers a variety of other visitor experiences. Take a gentle walk along a hardened trail and boardwalk though native and restored Florida coastal habitats, or participate in exciting interpretive programs about the site’s important role as a U.S. intelligence spy station during World War II, and its unique military history.  

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Programs: National Conservation Lands: NCAs and Similar Designations: Eastern States Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse: Directions

The ONA is accessed at two locations on the western end of S. Beach Road (C.R. 707/S.R. 707) near the intersection with U.S. 1. For the museum and tours of the lighthouse please access the ONA via the town of Jupiter’s Lighthouse Park. For convenient access to the ONA’s trails and natural areas utilize the small parking area on the north side of S. Beach Road, 0.17 miles east of U.S.


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This is a map of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area that displays information for visitors.

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Map of the United States with outlines of the National Monuments, National Conservation Areas and Similar Designations. It links to the interactive recreation map.

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