The South Lake Trail in Palm Beach is a bike and walking path that follows the intercoastal waterway in front of mansions and past glorious trees. It is a joy to walk here taking in the views of the calm, idyllic waters framed by lush tree branches. The fancy high-rises and yachts of West Palm Beach across the water add to the glitz, as does the lovely arched bridge across the water. Coconut trees galore sway overhead. Shady side streets lead out into the wealthy neighborhood.
The trail starts on the south end at Society of the Four Arts. Make sure you take the time to cross the plaza full of carriages and enter the gardens to the right of the library entrance. These gardens are a tropical wonder with delightful scents of flowers filling the air!
You can walk or bike the trail for miles. After Flagler Museum, you must follow the road for little while but then you can join up with the trail again. Watch out for the occasional segway tour with tourists running into bushes and possibly into you! Also, wear a hat and sunscreen because some of the path is shaded and some of it is not.
Stop and sit on the benches near Flagler Museum/Mansion enjoying the tiny white sand beach and watching lizards scoot by. There is an amazing Kapok tree here with roots almost as tall as you are! You can't sit under the tree because it has been fenced off.
Come at sunset and enjoy the colors over the water.
The trail lasts for 0.7 miles. You can continue it on the gorgeous North Lake Trail, after spending half a mile on sidewalks along Whitehall Way and Cocoanut Row. The North Lake Trail goes for three miles!
You can also walk along the shady sidewalks on the beautiful side streets on the island. There are no sidewalks on the far north or south end of the island, but there are sidewalks on the side streets from Wells Rd in the north to Gulfstream Rd in the south.
Exit Highway 95 at Okeechobee Blvd and follow it toward the ocean. You will cross two bridges and then turn left on Cocoanut Row. You can park along the road here for free and then walk toward the intercoastal waterway through the Society of the Four Arts or any of the side streets such as Antigua Ln to the trail.
Society of the Four Arts, 2 4 Arts Plaza Palm Beach, FL 33480, call (561) 655-7227. Gardens open Mon-Sun 10-5.
Biked this trail multiple times and it never grows old. Beautiful landscape to the east and water with views of WPB to the west. )
Beautiful beautiful view,but the people mostly are nose up..)
Last Updated: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 16:09:22 GMT