Bring a bike, boat or bratwurst, Riverbend Park in Jupiter Florida is a great place to spend the day.
Riverbend is one of the most scenic parks in Florida and at the same time very usable for hiking, biking, paddling and picnicking. From land or water where ever you look, you'll see a panorama of beauty and abundance of wildlife. Huge stands of palms, cypress, pine, oak, hickory and maple cover the 1200 acre park.
For wildlife, it's hard to beat and over 200 species of birds including wild turkey, sandhill cranes, osprey, eagles, roseate spoonbill and pileated woodpecker that have been spotted at the park. You might also see deer, bobcat, armadillo, raccoons, river otters, snakes, alligators, turtles and many other animals. It's almost like canoeing or biking in a zoo!
History in the Park
History buffs take note: Riverbend Park is historical gem. From early Native Americans of the Archaic Period over 5,000 years ago to the Seminoles of the 1800s, Native people have lived in this section of Southeast Florida. They hunted, farmed and fished the land and evidence of their existence can be found in shell middens throughout the park.
This park was the site of two major battles during the second Seminole Wars (1838) between US forces of the Army and Navy and Seminole Indians. A marker stands at the park entrance to remember the battles fought here. If you enjoy "living history", reenactments are performed a few times each year.
Riverbend Park also contains a historic Farmstead built with lumber made by its onsite vintage sawmill. This stands just as it did in the early 19th century and is a must see when visiting the park. Just across the lake you can find the Seminole Village and chickees.
After the Seminole wars some of Riverbend's swamps were drained and orange groves planted by European settlers. You can still see the orange trees more than 100 years later.
Things to do at Riverbend Park
- Paddle a canoe or kayak
- Ride a bike
- Go hiking
- Ride a horse on the equestrian trails (BYOH)
- Photograph wildlife and plants
- Take a walk into history - visit Seminole Village, battlefields and the sawmill
- Bring a picnic basket or burgers for the grill
- Throw a Frisbee
- Fly a kite
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