A trail at the Hobe Sound Scrub Preserve

The Hobe Sound Scrub Preserve is a 28-acre ecological gem located south of Bridge Road between US-1 and Dixie Highway in Martin County, and is almost entirely comprised of rare sand pine scrub habitat.


  • Access road
  • Parking facilities
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Outdoor exercise stations
  • A shaded bench structure
  • Flat shell rock trail and an unimproved scrub ridge trail

The preserve is located on an ancient sand dune that formed when most of Florida was under the ocean over 100,000 years ago. Scrub habitat is critical because it supports a wide variety of rare listed species including threatened Scrub Jays.

outdoor exercise stations

The property was a high priority on the Martin County Land Acquisition Selection Committee’s list since 2008 because it contains some of the largest remaining privately owned sand pine scrub habitats in South East Florida.

In 2018, the County was able to purchase the environmentally significant land using funding provided by the Florida Legislature.

While exploring this unique and special place, please remember to “Take Only Pictures and Leave Only Footprints."