The site lies in the historic transition zone between the high-and-dry Atlantic Coastal Ridge of eastern Broward County and the now-drained Everglades of urbanized western Broward. Located near the headwaters of both the historic Hillsboro River and Cypress Creek, the area was once a vast landscape of marshes and swamps, with wet prairies and pine flatwoods occupying the higher ground. The site was purchased for $4.74 million with funds from the 1989 Environmentally Sensitive Lands Bond acquisition program.
Mosaic of natural vegetation communities including both pine upland and wetland habitats. The site features pine flatwoods common to this part of Broward County, with surface rock outcroppings and a variety of grasses and wildflowers.
Slash pine, saw palmetto, myrsine, gallberry, staggerbush, beautyberry, cypress, swamp fern, sword fern, wax myrtle, muhly grass, and yellowtop.
Several species of hawks, various wood warblers, owls, woodpeckers, different species of wading birds, and various species of butterflies including zebra longwing.
Covered overlooks, concrete walkway, restrooms, benches, interpretive signage, 2,334 feet of elevated boardwalk and nature trail. Wildlife observation is encouraged, although bicycles, inline skates, skateboards, and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trails. As with all natural area sites, pets are not allowed.
EcoAction Days (October through May)
Volunteer workdays help keep our natural areas clear of garbage and invasive plants. They’re held on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Closed-toe shoes are required, and long pants and long sleeves are suggested. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Ages 13 to 17 must have a parent or guardian’s signature on the registration form prior to participating. Volunteers under the age of 13 may participate, but only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. High school students can use the hours from these workdays toward their required community service hours. Check the volunteer Web page for the latest workday registration form. Preregister by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.
Nature at Night Hikes
These naturalist-led hikes awaken and explore your senses to reveal the site’s distinctive night life. Sturdy shoes are recommended. For ages 8 and up. The fee is $5 per person. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100, or Reserve Online.
This 56.3-acre natural area abounds with learning opportunities for students of all ages. From outdoor laboratory experiments to group-learning exercises, we ensure students receive information requested while having a fun experience. Come explore our natural areas.
Environmental and Scouting Programs
Getting people of all ages involved in the appreciation of nature is the focus of many of the programs at Hillsboro Pineland. Opportunities include activities for boy and girl scouts, children’s programs, school field trips, private group tours, and more. Call 954-357-5113 for more details and to make reservations.