Our natural Florida terrain teems with ocean side and lakeside trails, preserve woodlands, and wildlife parks for hikers and bikers. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy world-class fishing within a mere 10-mile radius of our St. Lucie Inlet. Watching the many colorful species of birds fly overhead and relaxing at our many parks are also favorite pastimes.
For a true timeout, head to one of Martin County’s campgrounds and enjoy some time away from it all. Our pristine, naturally landscaped campgrounds are conveniently situated near many of Martin County’s best natural amenities, and offer campers a variety of sites complete with RV hookups, as well as primitive sites for tents.
Located just south of Stuart, this park teems with wildlife from thirteen natural communities, including sand pine, scrub pine, flatwoods, mangroves and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River—Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River—runs through the park. For a bit of history, explore the 1930s pioneer homestead of Trapper Nelson on a ranger-guided tour, or tap into adventure with hiking, biking, boating, camping, and freshwater fishing.
Allapattah Flats Trail is a passive recreation area complete with parking facilities and a nature trail for hiking, biking, and primitive camping. The area provides seasonal hunting and equestrian trails along the northern perimeter of the project, and is a cooperative effort of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, the South Florida Water Management District, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Indian Riverside Park (IRSP) is the premier family destination park in Martin County. Located in Jensen Beach, IRSP sits beach side on the Indian River Lagoon, with a walking path, fishing pier, play fountain, a beach, pavilions, and a banquet space. You can also take in a tour of the Mansion at Tuckahoe or Captain Henry Sewall’s Home (be sure to call ahead for reservations). IRSP is also home to the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County and The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast.
Halpatiokee Regional Park is located at 8303 SW Lost River Road in Stuart, Florida, and is the largest park in Martin County with 65 acres of active park land surrounded by approximately 500 acres of wetland preserve area.
The landscape varies from pine flatwoods, oak hammock, scrub and river land. The property includes approximately four miles of river frontage on the west side of the South Fork of the St. Lucie River.
These lands provide habitat for sustainable populations of hundreds of species of native flora and fauna, including at least 13 species that are designated by the State of Florida as endangered or threatened.
The park’s miles of hiking trails, biking trails, paddling trails and riverside primitive campsite provide high-quality nature-based recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
The primitive campsite can be accessible through hiking about a 3/4 of a mile with all supplies. The campsite’s amenities include a picnic bench and fire pit. There are no bathrooms, running water or electricity. To book the riverside primitive campsite, please call (772) 221-1419.
Halpatiokee is the Seminole Indian word meaning “Alligator Water.”
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Monday through Sunday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m