Allapattah comes from the Seminole Indian word for alligator. But don't let the land's namesake keep you from visiting this predominantly wet flatwoods expanse. By now you probably envision the property as a swampy, no-man's land teeming with alligators. But to the contrary, the land is inviting.The Allapattah hiking and bicycling trailhead on County Road 714 was was developed in partnership with Martin County. Visitors may hike and bike along a 1.5-mile long, user-friendly shellrock road leading to a panoramic open vista of marsh that wading birds frequent. You might see an alligator or two, but they are not here in great numbers. After the sun sets, sightings of another kind are much more common – the dark night sky in this rural area makes conditions ideal for stargazing. On your way, you'll notice lots of open pasture that once was wet flatwoods until it was drained decades ago for cattle grazing. These open areas are targeted for extensive restoration by filling in the old drainage ditches to bring back the wetland vegetation and by replanting thousands of pines.
Fox Brown Equestrian Trails
You can also enjoy the land on separate trails by horseback. In addition, the area is open for hunting at certain times of the year. Whatever way you choose to explore, be sure to bring a picnic lunch and take a relaxing break. See the map below for directions to your new destination.
For more information about public access on the Allapattah Flats please visit: http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/cooperative/allapattah-flats/
Beyond the Grade
Once you travel The Grade there are many things to do beyond. Discover Western Martin County.