Pine Island Ridge Trail
Pine Island Ridge Trail Points of Interest
Pine Island Ridge
This 101-acre site of Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) is located north of Orange Drive and west of Pine Island Road. The ridge was once the homesite for both the Tequesta and Seminole Indians over the past 5,000 years, and many archaeological sites still exist on this parcel. It also contains the highest point of elevation in Broward County at 29 feet above sea level, and many varieties of wildlife live within its dense and beautiful Live Oak hammocks.
Part of the original Pine Island Ridge, the site covers about 50 acres and has an elevation of 20 feet above sea level which makes it one of the natural areas owned by the Town. The site has several archaeological sites on it and the southern tip served as a canoe landing for the Indians that lived in the area over 5,000 years ago. The site was cleared for cattle back in the 1950s and the Town has started a reforestation plan on the site to restore some of the original canopy. Hiking, biking, or horseback riding along the many trails gives a unique view of the ancient but beautiful landscape and the natural beauty of the site.
The Recreational Trail crosses Pine Island Ridge at Southwest 24th Street, North Old Orchard Drive, and South Abiaca Circle, and near Southwest 36th Street. Bicycle riding on the ridge itself is prohibited because of its environmental and archaeological sensitivity.