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Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound

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Wildlife Area
Blowing Rocks Preserve is an environmental preserve on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, Martin County, Florida, USA. It is owned by The Nature Conservancy. It contains the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping on the state's east coast. Breaking waves spray plumes of water through erosion holes; the spray can reach heights of 50ft. This distinctive spectacle thus earned the limestone outcrop's name. The limestone outcropping also encompasses coquina shells, crustaceans, and sand.The preserve also features several coastal ecotones, including maritime hammocks, mangrove wetlands, and beach dunes. Common native species include sea grapes, gumbo limbo, and Sabal palms. Invasive exotic plants are removed in order to preserve indigenous flora. The preserve includes an educational center, native plant nursery, boardwalk, oceanside path, and a butterfly garden. The Hawley Education Center features rotating natural history and art exhibits, and offers environmental education classes and workshops. A boardwalk along the Indian River Lagoon contains interpretive signs about the plants, wildlife and area environment.
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  • Amazing views! Take good sturdy water shoes to get there. Watch for low tide to walk between water and rocks. Or If you want to see a lot of splashing go when it is high tide.  more »
  • Parking can be a little tough, but nicer to get to this place when it is windy and when it is high tide to make the most of this scenic spot. There is a building where you can find a bathroom. The are...  more »
  • Very nice spot with a nominal entry fee of $2. I was there on a windy day and saw the water blowing through the rocks. You should be wearing a good supportive sandal or shoe as there are lots of rocks...  more »
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  • Fascinating phenomenon of low lying rock formations on the beach that spew ocean water high in the air during thunder storms. Great education center run by the Nature Conservancy - really clear explanations of the flora and fauna. Some nice walks with a butterfly garden.
  • Such a nice quiet beach. High Tide is definitely the time to go as the water actually blows up through the rocks and makes for a great view and even better pictures. Lots of sea shells and sometimes you can see sea turtles and other wild life. There are also a lot of trails that you can walk, but beware of the giant spiders! There is a small admission fee as you walk in ($1-$2 per person).
  • Some of the most passionate conservationists you'll ever meet. They will eagerly talk with you about this work for hours, tour you around the beach and let you help in any way you want. The visitor center is full of cool facts and info.
  • A hidden gem of the Florida coastline. A rocky beach continually carved out by the Atlantic causing incoming tide to blast through natural blow holes. Combined with the dense vegetation, large crabs, rare birds, and other ecological marvels makes this a beach completely removed from what one expects in Florida.
  • Amazing rock formations here in FL. Beautiful shaded tranquil nature walks and trails. Make sure to bring closed up water shoes because rocks are sharp. Loved this place and enjoyed it. Very clean and quiet.