Not all those who wander are lost. You can follow this winding boardwalk through the Secret Woods of Florida this fall. If you're looking for unique things to do in South Florida, Discover Secret Woods Nature Center will fuel your inner wanderlust in this hidden forest.

The woods are located along the New River in Fort Lauderdale, an overgrown forest hidden in urban South Florida. The long boardwalk leads hikers along New River Trail through the beautiful Secret Woods.

Secret Woods Nature Center features a river, two nature trails, butterfly garden, amphitheater, and picturesque boardwalk for curious wanderers, according to Broward County's website. You may even spot a manatee or two floating past.

The Secret Woods got its name from locals who wanted to keep the woods from becoming part of the urban landscape, according to South Florida Finds. Today the woods serve as an urban oasis for Floridians to explore. 

You can follow the winding path through a thicket of twisting Strangler Figs and wildflowers fluttering with butterflies. Small wildlife like lizards and squirrels will rustle past you. Pause to take in the captivating fall scenery.

Visit the Secret Woods in South Florida this fall and satisfy your curiosity. 

For more scenic boardwalks, check out these articles on 11 perfect fall hikes in South Florida and this steep boardwalk in Florida.

Secret Woods Nature Center

Price: Free

Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 2701 W State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale

Why You Need To Go: This picturesque hike along a twisting boardwalk is perfect for adventurers and nature-lovers. Bring a camera and soak in the scenery. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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