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​​​ Sweetbay

12560 Aviation Road, Palm Beach Gardens

Picture of the shaded observation platform and accessible boardwalk overlooking the wetland at Sweetbay Natural Area  

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Part of the great Loxahatchee Slough, historic headwaters of the Loxahatchee River

Open Sunrise to Sunset, 365 Days a Year 

At a Glance     

Little Bay Head on the Wet Prairie

This 1,094-acre natural area adjacent to the North County Airport consists of mesic flatwoods, hydric flatwoods, wet prairie, baygall, mesic hammock, and dome swamp ecosystems. A slight elevation in the center of the wetlands holds a tree island called a bay head full of sweetbay, dahoon, coastalplain willow, and pond apple trees that provide roosting and nesting habitat for wading birds, including snowy egret, black-crowned night-heron, and the endangered wood stork.