For outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, Hobe Sound does not disappoint. The numerous parks and beaches help residents and guests get the most out of the beautiful environment that Hobe Sound has to offer. Private recreation options such as Boat Tours on the Manatee Queen and fishing expeditions with Dog House Fishing Charters are also available.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Jonathan Dickinson State Park provides 11,500 acres of wildlife to explore. The land was used as a top-secret radar training school in WWII before it was made a state park in 1950. Today, visitors to the state park enjoy boating, fishing, birdwatching, camping, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, bicycling, and other outdoor adventures. Be on the lookout for local, native animals including deer, foxes, otter, alligators and even bald eagles. Guests can also take a tour boat ride down the Loxahatchee River, and make a stop at the old home of “Wildman of the Loxahatchee,” Trapper Nelson.
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1969, the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge aims to maintain and restore the precious natural habitats that can be found in this 1,000-acre area. The refuge consists of 300 acres of rare sand pinescrub forest and 735 acres of coastal dune and mangrove swamp. The area is also home to some of the most active sea turtle nesting on the Florida coast. Wildlife lovers can enjoy hiking, fishing, observation platforms, nature photography, public beaches and an interpretive museum.
Hobe Sound Nature Center
The Hobe Sound Nature Center is located within the National Wildlife Refuge. The Center began in 1973 as a resource to educate visitors about Florida’s wildlife. Many programs and field experiences are available through the center, the most popular of which is the Sea Turtle Walk program. Reservations for this nighttime walk are required, so sign up early. Guests can also enjoy hikes, lecture series, and summer camps.
Hobe Sound Public Beach
Hobe Sound Public Beach provides about 300 feet of sand and surf where beachgoers can swim, surf, picnic and relax in the sun. Lifeguards, restrooms and picnic tables are provided at this idyllic beach which is located right next to the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.
Hobe Sound has no shortage of parks for children and adults alike. For sports fans, J.V. Reed Park is the place to go with its baseball and soccer fields and tennis, basketball and racquetball courts. For those who love to fish, the dock at Greenfield Park is a local favorite fishing spot. Zeus Park, Hobe Sound’s Greek-style town center from the 1920s, offers a playground and a butterfly garden. And there are even more parks to be found scattered throughout the area; with a little bit of exploring, everyone is sure to discover their favorite one. Visit the County website, www.martin.fl.us for a complete and detailed list of Martin County’s parks, beaches and facilities.