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of Birch State Park.
|BIRCH STATE PARK
|About Hugh Taylor Birch|
1893, Hugh Taylor Birch, a Chicago attorney, came to the small town of
Fort Lauderdale and purchased oceanfront property for his new home.
Paying only a dollar an acre, he eventually owned a three-and-a-half
mile stretch of land along the beach. Finally, in 1940 he built his
final home, a 180-acre estate which he named "Terramar," meaning from
land to sea. Prior to his death to save the land from encroaching
developers, Birch donated his estate for use as a public park. On July
1, 1949, Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area officially opened to
the public, part of the Florida state park system.
About Birch State Park
a day at the beach, a picnic under the trees, or fishing along the
Intracoastal Waterway. Canoe rentals are available in the park's
freshwater lagoon for a leisurely paddle. The two-mile loop road is
ideal for joggers and bicyclists. There are over 200 species on the
park's bird list. Many threatened or endangered plants are among the
more than 500 native and non-native species calling Birch State Park
home. Ranger-guided Walks of the Coastal Hammock Trail are available
10:30 am Fridays.
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One of the Playgrounds
Click here to visit our Photo Gallery of the park.