If your pooch desperately needs to escape the hustle and bustle of Palm Beach, then grab the leash and head over to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. It’s nestled on a barrier island that looks out into the great Atlantic Ocean. A rare combination of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest, this park is not only beautiful it is an important ecosystem.
You’d be right to assume that most folks come to this
park for the puptacular beach access. Swimming, sun bathing, scuba diving, and
snorkeling are all pupular activities. However, canine visitors are not allowed
on the beach or boardwalk, so upon arrival you and your pup will need to head straight for the
Your pooch will be happy to know there are two furrific nature trails in the park and both are pet friendly. Dune Hammock Trail can be accessed near the boardwalk. Follow this trail through thick groves of tropical trees. Watch for gumbo limbo, cabbage palm, and strangler fig. Several types of birds nest in this forest. Their songs and tweets will make your dog’s ears perk right up. Satinleaf Trail is the other option. This trail takes you and your dog through a lush maritime hammock. The thick jungle is made up of a variety of tropical trees and plant species. Grab a brochure at the trailhead so your pup can learn all about this unique habitat.
Water is available in the park. So make sure your water
bottles are filled to the brim before setting off on your hike. The humidity
can be tough on your pup and they’ll need extra water breaks. Help keep the
park smelling fresh by carrying some clean up bags and picking up after your
four legged buddy. A visit to this park will make your pup’s tail wag!