G52. J. W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area
County: Palm Beach
Nearest City: West Palm Beach
Phone Number: 561-624-6989
Features/Amenities: Entrance fee required, Seasonal hunting, Birding by car, Birding by foot/hiking, Best time of day: Morning, Recommended length of visit: a few hours, Camping, Horseback riding br>
Habitats: Freshwater Swamp, Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, Pines, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest
Portions of this 60,000-plus-acre conservation area are quite rugged. The main route described below is generally passable in 2WD vehicles though 4WD is necessary if venturing off onto other numbered trails and roads. From the south entrance, follow the signs to the Hungryland Boardwalk. This 1.3-mile walk through cypress domes and pine flatwoods is good for Wood Storks as well as upland species like turkeys, Common Yellowthroats, Barred Owls and more. From this point, you can hike a portion of the Florida Trail, or else drive the 25-mile circuit along Stumpers Grade south to the M-O Canal, west along the canal to South Grade, NW to North Grade, and exit onto Beeline Hwy. This route will take you through a mosaic of very wild flatwoods and wetlands good for Snail Kites, Sandhill Cranes, roving flocks of wintering songbirds and woodpeckers, and raptors like Red-shouldered Hawks hunting from the tree line. This WMA is home to the most southeastern population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (check trails #14, 15, and N section of #8). This area is busy with hunting seasons in the fall, so spring is a better choice for birding. Check here for hunt dates.
Directions: South entrance: from intersection of SR 710 (Beeline Hwy.) and CR 809-A (Northlake Blvd.), go appx. 8.5 mi. west on CR 809-A. Turn right (N) on Pratt-Whitney Rd.; entrance is 3 mi. down this dirt road. North entrance: from intersection of SR 706 (Indiantown Rd.) and SR 710 (Beeline Hwy.) west of Jupiter, go north on SR 710 for 500 yds. to entrance on left (W).
Open all year, 24 hrs/day; closed two weeks prior to archery season.
Location: 26.853859, -80.292093