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Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound
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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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  • We had a blast at Blowing Rocks Preserve! I've lived in Florida and never knew we had such a place in the Sunshine State. If you go at high tide, you can see the rocks "blow," if you come at low tide,...  more »
  • Beautiful place. Don't forget your camera. I wouldn't swim there because of the rocks. Definitely bring out of town company, and go at high tide. 
  • As a teenager many years ago I used to go there and watch my sister surf. It was somewhat dangerous but when you are young you don't think about the risk. Now many years later it is great to see this ...  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.