Arch Creek Park & Nature Center

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Cabin porch

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Cabin porch

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Museum Military Trail sign

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Museum Military Trail sign

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Museum

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Museum

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Nature trail

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Nature trail

Tequesta Indian Site and Nature Trail sign

Tequesta Indian Site and Nature Trail sign

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Campsite

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Campsite

Arch Creek Park & Nature Center

Located in the midst of the bustling northeast Biscayne corridor, this forested oasis covers 9.4 acres of historically designated grounds. For a period spanning 1,800 years, dating back to 500BC, the Arch Creek area was one of six Native America Tequesta habitation site's in South Florida. Designated as a Florida State Historical Preserve, the park's historic grounds have been a valuable archaeological resource in understanding the culture and activities of South Florida' earliest hunter gatherers.

Arch Creek Bridge

An overview of the park's heritage, however, is incomplete without mentioning the natural oolitic limestone bridge that once spanned the creek. Measuring approximately 40 feet long by 20 feet wide, the naturally formed bridge was undoubtedly what attracted Native Americans and settlers to the area. Renowned for its beauty, it was a popular sightseeing/picnic spot for early pioneers and during the Seminole Wars served as part of the Military Trail. In 1973, the bridge collapsed from natural causes - erosion, age and usage. Today, a re-constructed replica sits on the site of the original. It is located at the park entrance and features a seating area for visitors.

Nature Center/Museum

If the park's history piques your interest, head over to the Nature Center/Museum where you can learn about Arch Creek's earliest Native American inhabitants and subsequent storied 19th century pioneer era. Peruse the series of exhibits showcasing the park's native flora/fauna, historical roots and artifact collection. The building itself, is designed as a replica of a late 1800s South Florida pioneer home.

Prefer a guided nature or historical excursion? Consider registering for either the Archaeological History Walk, Campfire & Owl Walk and Campfire & Night Walk offered by Miami Ecoadventure tours.

Hammock Nature Trails

Approximately a 1/2 mile of dirt trails wind through the park's well preserved tropical hardwood hammock. Once you're in the hammock, the encroachments of urban life are toned down by a buffer of towering gumbo limbos, strangler figs, cabbage palms, live oaks and native understory of thatch palm, scorpion tail, wild coffee and more. The nature trail area also features two secluded rest areas and a campfire circle.

Birdwatching

Many native and migratory birds, use the parks wilderness and creek area as habitat and/or stopping ground. During the winter, painted buntings and warblers are a few of the birds you might encounter, along the nature trails. Occasional green herons and kingfishers can also be spotted by the creek.

Picnicking

Open air picnic areas are available on the bridge and off the main (military) road by the Nature Center. A metal roof pavilion intended for 20 or less is also available for rent.

Park Hours

Park admission is free and park hours are from 9:00am - 5pm Wed-Sun. The park office which also houses the Nature Center and Museum is open from 10am - 4pm Wed-Sun.

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