See Blowing Rocks

You can’t drive in the south without see the ubiquitous See Rock City signs, but instead of Rock City, we visited Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island.

Blowing Rocks Preserve is a barrier island sanctuary set aside to protect both the rocky limestone coast along the Atlantic Ocean and the mangroves, and tropical and oak hammocks on the Indian River Lagoon. From the Hawley Environmental Center a trail wanders through native species to the Indian River where mangrove restoration is underway.

Across the road from the Environmental Center you’ll find the sandy path leading to the Atlantic. Pay the $2.00 fee at the ticket kiosk and then continue down the sea grape lined trail to a beach unlike any other the Florida. Limestone rock eroded by the waves leaves sea caves along the shore.

On rough days, the waves crash through the rocks at heights up to 50 feet…not the case on the day we visited. No large waves, however, an aggregation of manatee could be seen just offshore.

With two and a half miles of trails, sea caves, tidal pools, reefs, and nesting sea turtles I’m surprised there are no signs in Florida shouting, See Blowing Rocks; but that’s a good thing…let’s keep this place a secret.