Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, Hobe Sound

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The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, a part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, is a refuge on Jupiter Island in Florida. Its official name as of 2019 is the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Part of the refuge is inside the town of Jupiter Island, while the rest is in the unincorporated areas of Martin County. The 1,035-acre (4.19 km2) refuge was established in 1969, to protect the loggerhead and green sea turtles. It is administered as part of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
Within the refuge is the 173-acre (0.70 km2) Reed Wilderness Seashore Sanctuary, designated a National Natural Landmark in November 1967.
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  • The Hobe Sound NWR is home to thousands of animals, and a favorite breeding ground of the highly endangered leatherback sea turtle. From March to October you will see the nests on the beach. Please....  more
    The Hobe Sound NWR is home to thousands of animals, and a favorite breeding ground of the highly endangered leatherback sea turtle. From March to October you will see the nests on the beach. Please....  more »
  • Well maintained trail will take you through the scrub and down to the Sound where you can fish or just sit and watch for birds. Photographic opportunities are great and the visitors center has a... 
    Well maintained trail will take you through the scrub and down to the Sound where you can fish or just sit and watch for birds. Photographic opportunities are great and the visitors center has a...  more »
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  • We loved this wildlife refuge! The visitor center has several live animals…we particularly enjoyed watching the volunteer feed the little skunk some hamburger! Great place for kids; staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The short nature trail is very unique-definitely worth the time!
  • There is so much to see here! I can’t wait till the construction is over and to go in the new nature center. For now, enjoy the magical stairs down to the water. Or… walk around the nature center to a trail truly remarkable. A sand pine scrub community and one of the last publicly-owned sand pine scrub communities in the world. You can only find sand pine scrub habitats in Florida and parts of Alabama. At certain points of the trail I could see the Indian River Lagoon. After you make your way through the scrub trail, you can head down a canopy lined path to the beach, a dead end trail to the water, or back to the nature center. This is a really special place and worth a visit! Remember your bug spray, I wish I would have and bring plenty of water. Enjoy!

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