My visit to Okeeheelee Park
7715 Forest Hill Boulevard,
West Palm Beach, Florida
What a fabulous park! With over 1700 acres, Okeeheelee Park is probably one of the largest in West Palm Beach area. Conveniently located west of Jog Road, you will find an abundance of amenities.
If this is your first time into Okeeheelee Park, signs are posted directing you to specific areas and there are lots of things to do here. My visit was on February 1st 2013 and it was a beautiful cool day perfect for a visit to the park.
Lots of people coming to play tennis, and definitely the exercise trail was busy with many joggers. Quite nice with one mile mulch path and 20 exercise stations.
Today was the perfect weather for any type of physical activity, I found myself walking on the path for a while totally enjoying the beauty of this park. It’s great to live here in Florida and be able to enjoy the outdoors all year long although summer’s heat and humidity can make it miserable at times, the winter months are so much more pleasant. If you happen to be new to the area, let me warn you, it’s best to come early in the morning or later in the afternoon during the hot summer days when temperatures reach the 90’s, so keep this in mind and stay hydrated.
For those who enjoy being on the water, you can rent bikes, canoes, kayaks as well as pedal boats.
Lighted athletic fields area for softball, baseball and soccer are well maintained and open until 10pm.
Lots of parking available all around as well as parking for your boat/trailer if you’re coming to water ski or do some fishing on the lake. Boat launching ramps and boat slips available at this park.
Several picnic shelters available and I love the names for their picnic pavilions….Alligator, Micanopy, Osceola and Tuskegee. Of course you will also find playground for the little ones.
You can bike to your heart’s content with 8 miles of bicycle paths available, Okeeheelee Park is one of the best in the area.
Also offered at Okeeheelee Park is their Public Golf Course. So many people were golfing when I came by, everyone was totally having a great time on the green. With 27 holes (3 nine-hole courses), chipping area, driving range, practice putting green, pro shop as well as snack bar and lots of golf carts for everyone, this is a busy place.
A bit further down the road you will find the Pooch Pines dog park. It was a nice view of the park from the top of that hill. The dog park has separate fenced off area for both small and larger dogs, a cooling station and lots of sheltered tables and benches for people.
Another area that is not to be missed is the Okeeheelee Nature Center. What a delightful place! You can walk the nature trail at a leisurely pace with benches along the way. Be sure to venture into either the east or west burn trail for a look at the damage from the 1980’s fire. Inside the center are several education exhibits, live animals, snakes, turtles, spiders and birds of prey. The center offers several programs for children and families so stop by and check it out.
When you leave the park, you can go across Forest Hill Blvd. to the other side of the park where you will find the Okeeheelee Equestrian Center. Open to the public from sunrise until 8:00 pm and on a first-come, first-served basis. Horse stalls, show and practice areas, fenced area and restroom buildings. Lots of parking for your trailers.
So overall, this is a fantastic park where you can find almost everything you need for a whole day of fun and adventure. So go and enjoy the awesome park!