Indiantown: DuPuis offers hiking, biking, no crowds

Once a ranch, the 21,000 acres that comprise this preserve offer outdoors-oriented visitors plenty of room to ramble. This is a good place for camping, hiking, biking, fishing, picknicking and horseback riding, generally without another person in sight.<br>
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On a recent winter afternoon, we saw a feral hog, wild turkeys, osprey, several hawks and caught a fleeting glimpse of one of the resident bald eagles soaring overhead. We brought our bikes and enjoyed a 9-mile round-trip on a shell-rock graded road. (Washboard and ruts made it at times a slow go.) We parked our bikes and hiked several miles through woodland and prairie along The Florida Trail, which crosses the road.<br>
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DuPuis is just west of Indiantown a few miles from Lake Oceechobee.<br>
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<a href="https://my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page?_pageid=2236,4744679&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL" target="new">DuPuis is managed by the South Florida Water Management District, which has more information on this site. </a><br>
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<i><b>-- Bonnie Gross</b></i>

( MATTHEW RATAJCZAK/STUART NEWS / February 27, 2007 )

Once a ranch, the 21,000 acres that comprise this preserve offer outdoors-oriented visitors plenty of room to ramble. This is a good place for camping, hiking, biking, fishing, picknicking and horseback riding, generally without another person in sight.

On a recent winter afternoon, we saw a feral hog, wild turkeys, osprey, several hawks and caught a fleeting glimpse of one of the resident bald eagles soaring overhead. We brought our bikes and enjoyed a 9-mile round-trip on a shell-rock graded road. (Washboard and ruts made it at times a slow go.) We parked our bikes and hiked several miles through woodland and prairie along The Florida Trail, which crosses the road.

DuPuis is just west of Indiantown a few miles from Lake Oceechobee.

DuPuis is managed by the South Florida Water Management District, which has more information on this site.


-- Bonnie Gross

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