Between the Atlantic and the Florida Intracoastal Waterway is a sliver of wilderness that will take your breath away. This park was gifted to the state by Hugh Taylor Birch to preserve the lush greenery and animal habitats that have long existed on this historic piece of land. Every acre is packed with ancient palms and birch trees, long branches dipping into and trailing in the water, gopher tortoises, and the sound of birds and other wild things. It’s almost Amazonian. Rent bikes and ride the many tree-lined trails, cruise through on a kayak, or just hang on the beach with a book or a picnic with the kids.

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