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Blowing Rocks Preserve

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If you want to see something truly memorable and unique on your next trip to Jupiter, FL, look no further than Blowing Rocks Preserve. Say hello to local sea turtles, take a snap of the incredible views, and witness the wonder of the blowing rocks yourself as you experience all this island getaway has to offer. 

Explore Blowing Rocks Preserve, Jupiter, Florida’s Hidden Gem

Blowing Rocks Preserve is a peaceful island sanctuary run by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), an acclaimed organization that maintains natural habitats around the world.

Some of the state’s most endangered plants and animals, including rare sea turtles, call this island home. But the rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline gives this spot its name. It’s the largest of its kind on the Atlantic coast. 

The Fun Never Ends at Blocking Rocks Nature Preserve!

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No matter how you like to have fun, there’s something for everyone at Blowing Rocks Preserve.

  • Beach Access. Make your way to the beach using preserve trails to soak up the sun and views.
  • Hiking. Explore dunes, mangrove forests, and the Indian River Lagoon shoreline using the preserve’s dedicated hiking trails. 
  • Scenic Trails. Not a fan of hiking? No problem. You can still take a scenic walk through the preserve’s five short trails, including the special Pollinator Garden Scenic Walk. 
  • Swimming and Snorkeling. Enjoy the water and take a peek at the marine life scene as you cool off.
  • Nature Education. Visit the Hawley Education Center to learn all about the native critters and plants you see on the island. Kids and adults alike will love the events, workshops, and activities hosted here!

When to Visit Blowing Rocks Preserve: High Tide vs. Low Tide

Blowing Rocks Preserve

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You won’t want to miss the famous “blowing rocks” when you visit the nature preserve. The blowing rocks occur when the sea breaks against the coastal rocks and forces plumes of saltwater up to 50 feet into the air. Talk about a spectacle!

In general, it’s best to visit Blowing Rocks Nature Preserve during the summer for calm, clear waters that are ideal for swimming. 

If you’re all about the blowing rocks, visiting during the winter on days when the water is rough and the tide is high is your best bet. You can check the local tide schedule to see when that might be.

Jupiter Insider Tip: An overlooked secret to Blowing Rocks Preserve is its trails, some of which lead to private beaches on the West Intracoastal side of the island. Here, the waters are calm and clear, perfect for kids and families on days when the oceanfront is a little too strong to enjoy.

Blowing Rocks Preserve Tickets, Fees & Directions

Admission to Blowing Rocks Preserve is free. An optional $2 donation per person is enough to help TNC maintain the island. Free on-site parking is available during open hours.

While you’ll be visiting Jupiter Island to get to Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound is home to the preserve and the island itself. Use these key details to plan your trip:

  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Address: 574 S Beach Rd, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
  • Phone: 561-744-6668
  • Email: VisitBRP@tnc.org
  • View specific directions on the preserve’s information page.

Whether you soak up some sun, hike through the limestone ridges and caves, or swim with the fishes, you’re sure to make memories that last a lifetime at Blowing Rocks Preserve.

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Jim

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