The first time I saw a picture of Blowing Rocks Preserve I knew I had to plan a trip to visit. I honestly could not believe this was in Florida and I knew I had to see it for myself. Have you ever been before? Below is all the information you need to know before you plan your visit!
Blowing Rocks Preserve – The Basics
Blowing Rocks Preserve is 73-acres of protected land and is located on Jupiter Island. It is a must see if you are near Jupiter, Florida. The shoreline is made up of the largest collection of Anastasia limestone rocks on the east coast of Florida.
- Address: 574 S Beach Road, Hobe Sound, Florida 33455
- Driving distance from select Florida cities:
- Miami: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Orlando: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Tampa: 3 hours 30 minutes
- Jacksonville: 4 hours
- Hours: 9 AM to 4:30 PM, open daily
- Entrance Fee: $2 per person
- When I recently visited in January 2021 the fee was waived, but donations were accepted
- Activities: Beach access, hiking, swimming, snorkeling
- No lifeguards on duty, swim at your own risk
- Other Notes: No pets, food, or alcohol are allowed
- Reusable water bottles should be utilized to bring water
Tips for visiting Blowing Rocks Preserve
There are two parking lots on either side of the street next to Blowing Rocks Preserve. These fill up quickly, but we were able to snag a spot by arriving right at 9 AM. An additional option for parking is at Coral Cove Park but be prepared for about a 1-mile walk to Blowing Rocks Preserve.
Check the tide schedule before you visit
Timing your visit based on the tide schedule is important depending on what you want to see. If you have a chance, I suggest visiting two separate times so you can experience Blowing Rocks Preserve at low and high tide.
High Tide: If you want to see the waves crashing into the rocks you want to time your visit as close to high tide as you can. When the sea is rough, and it is high tide, the waves crash into the rocks and can be as high as 50 feet in the air if the conditions are exactly right.
Low Tide: If you want to see as much of the rocky limestone and sea caves you want to time your visit around low tide when the water is further out and calmer.
During my recent visit high tide occurred when the area was closed, but we arrived at 9 AM when it opened about 2 hours after high tide. You can check the tide schedule before your visit here.
Wear the right footwear
When exploring Blowing Rocks Preserve you will be walking on the sand along the beach as well as on the trails, so you want to consider the type of shoes you wear. I recommend water sandals if you have them, or some other type of shoe you do not mind getting sandy. If you are looking for a new pair of water sandals, I love these Teva sandals.
Nature Trails at Blowing Rocks Preserve
There are several short nature trails to explore. Due to the short length of each trail, they can all easily be walked in one visit.
- Sea Grape Path: 125 yards
- Dune Trail: 0.4-mile (one-way)
- Maggy’s Path and Lagoon Trail: 0.4-mile loop
- Lagoon Boardwalk: 150 yards
Sea Grape Path
The Sea Grape Path is the trail you will want to walk to reach the Main Dune Crossover which is a platform providing you with the first view of the rocky shoreline. It’s a very peaceful walk with beautiful scenery. Next, you can head to the beach to walk along the shoreline.
Dune Trail can be accessed right before you reach the Main Dune Crossover and runs parallel to the ocean. You can walk through the mangrove tunnels and end up further down the beach. You can turn around and head back or if you want a change of scenery, you can walk back on the beach.
Maggy’s Path and Lagoon Trail
Maggy’s Path starts at the education center on the other side of the road from the beach. It is a short path that connects to the Lagoon Trail Loop. Highlights of these trails include beautiful views of Indian River Lagoon.
The last trail we explored was the short Lagoon Boardwalk. This trail can be accessed from the other side of the education center from Maggy’s path. The boardwalk also provides you with views of Indian River Lagoon. Additionally, the boardwalk connects to the Native Plant Garden. When we visited in January there was not a lot to see in the garden, but it might have been the time of year we visited.
Hawley Education Center
There is an education center to learn more about Blowing Rocks Preserve, but unfortunately the center has been closed due to COVID19 and was not open at the time of my recent visit.
Final Thoughts on Blowing Rocks Preserve
Blowing Rocks Preserve held up to my expectations when I recently visited. The highlight is the beautiful beach with the limestone rocks. We also really enjoyed walking along the nature trails. I will definitely plan to visit again if I am in the area.
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