- Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area is a 180-acre site located along the Atlantic coast shores within Fort Lauderdale. Hugh Taylor Birch was a wealthy Chicago attorney who donated his estate as a public park. With shops and traffic moments away, this park provides an island of paradise for many locals and "snow birds." Several trails, access to the ocean, a visitor center, fishing opportunities and club headquarters for the Federated Garden Circles of Fort Lauderdale, make picnicking a natural extension.
Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park, convenient to all parking lots. The tropical coastal hammock shades many of the tables. Heavier shade is found along the Intracoastal Waterway where anglers enjoy fishing for snapper. A total of 150 picnic tables, three pavilions, a children's playground and several modern restrooms are available year-round.
A group camp and youth camping are available through reservation. A meeting room and dining hall accommodate local organizations.
Directions: The park is located at the intersection of A1A (Atlantic Boulevard) and East Sunrise Boulevard.
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