Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Open: Open all year
*Camping is limited to a group/youth campground that is available to organized groups.
About: A short walk from beachside shops and condominiums, this park is an oasis of tropical hammocks-a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to Florida's posterity. His former estate preserves four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors can rent a canoe and paddle along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the seawall. Nature lovers can hike along two short trails and learn about local plants and wildlife while bicyclists and skaters glide along the paved park road. Visitors can access the beach via the pedestrian tunnel under A1A. Picnic areas overlook the channel; pavilions with water and electricity are available for rental. A group/youth campground is available to organized groups. The Terramar Visitor Center features displays regarding the area's natural and cultural history. Located on East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, off A1A.
The Primitive Youth Group Camping Area is for non-profit youth groups and can accommodate up to 40 campers. At least one adult chaperone is required per 10 youths, ages 18 and under. Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age. The Primitive Area accommodations include a restroom, cold water, cold showers and a fire ring for campfires. Pets are not permitted overnight. Service animals are permitted in all areas of the park. All park rules and regulations apply to this campsite.
The Fort Lauderdale Elk’s Club built the Elk’s Youth Camp in 1950 for non-profit youth groups. At least one adult chaperone is required per 10 youths, ages 18 and under. Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age. The camp accommodates 68 people in six cabins, all with restrooms and air conditioning. The lodge provides complete kitchen and dining facilities. A fire ring is available for campfires. Pets are not permitted overnight. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the park. For additional information, or to make reservations, please call (954) 564-4521.
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