Nixon Smiley Pineland Preserve
Miami Dade County Environmentally Endangered Land
Leaders: Jimmy Lange, Field Botanist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden & Lydia Cuni
Start Time at Site: 9:00 AM
End Time at Site: 12:30 PM
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
This 120-acre preserve on the western edge of Miami’s Rock Ridge represents the ecotone between pine rockland and rocky marl prairie. It is one of the largest pine rocklands left in Miami, and is uniquely characterized by its large patches of sandy soil among the outcrops of limestone. It is one of the most biodiverse sites in the county. Rare South Florida specialties include Brickellia mosieri, Euphorbia pergamena, Lanata depressa and others. Other species locally rare in Dade pinelands include Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed), Physostegia purpurea (false dragonhead) and Elionurus tripsacoides. Spring/summer wildflowers should be blooming.
What to bring: Water, sun protection, long pants and sleeves, sturdy closed shoes, walking stick, and a loupe if you have one. Important: Our pinelands are sunny and hot, so carry sufficient water. There are some uneven rocky sections with holes and pinnacle rock. Sturdy, closed shoes or boots are required. A walking stick would be very helpful to some.
Direction to the gathering point at SW 128th St & SW 133rd Ct, Miami, FL 33186 (through gate on the north side of 128th St): Take FL-997 S to SW 88th St (12 mi). Turn left onto SW 88th St to Lindgren Rd./SW 137th Ave. Turn right onto Lindgren Rd./SW 137th Ave. to SW 128th St. Turn left onto 128th St. Continue .3 mi look on left for a gate in chain link fence. Park on the grass. (Note: Contrary to Google map directions, you CAN make a left from SW 137th Av onto SW 128th St, a more direct route.)
*Note: Click link (gathering point address above) for real-time directions from your location using Google Maps. If you would like to view directions from the Miccosukee Resort, enter the starting point as 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194. By allowing more time than you think is required, you can make your ride there more relaxing.
GPS Location: 25.64860 -80.41050