Atop one of the higher elevations in Boca Raton, Serenoa Glade Preserve is a rare undeveloped piece of the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, featuring a transition zone from scrub habitat on the Atlantic Ocean side to pine flatwoods on the Everglades side. What Everglades, you say? Once upon a time, before the early 1900s, a sheet flow of water passed through gaps in the ridge to reach the sea. This land was slated to become yet another office complex near Florida Atlantic University, and was preserved just in time by the city of Boca Raton. The preserve’s name is a nod to the scientific name for saw palmetto, serenoa repens. Open 8am ro sunset. Located adjacent to George Snow city park.
Half of the loop is paved (accessible to wheelchairs), half earthen, as you meander through scrub and pine flatwoods up and over the Atlantic Coast Ridge. Live oaks cast plenty of shade. After you round the corner past marker 4, the wide earthen footpath takes off to the left through the scrub through saw palmetto and wiregrass, returning to the main loop after 0.2 miles.