The Deering Estate at Cutler
A Gem of South Miami-Dade County
Leaders: Dallas Hazelton, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, Natural Areas Management
Start Time at Site: 9:00 AM
End Time at Site: 12:30 PM
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. It was purchased in 1985 with state CARL funding and is managed by Miami-Dade County's Environmentally Lands program and Miami-Dade County Parks. The Deering Estate is home to five distinct natural habitats: pine rockland, coastal hammock, saltmarsh, mangrove forest, and fresh-water wetland. Time permitting, we will visit them all! We will car-pool and walk around the site. It will involve easy walking for distances up to ½ mile. We may make short forays off-trail into the woods depending on the interests and ability of the group.
Those who want to further explore the Deering Estate after this tour may enter the interior of the park ($12 entrance fee) to enjoy the historic buildings and grounds (deeringestate.org). The stone house was built in 1922 by Charles Deering, a benefactor of botanist John Kunkel Small. Take a picnic or visit food shops adjacent to the park for lunch.
What to bring: Wear closed shoes and long pants. Bring water, sun protection, bug protection (just in case), snacks.
Directions to gathering point at The Deering Estate, parking lot on SW 168th St., just east of Old Cutler Rd.* Gather at the "Deering Estate at Cutler" visitor center parking lot: From the Miccosukee Resort head south on Krome (.3 mile), then turn left onto SW 8th St. Continue on 8th St (5.8 miles), then merge onto Florida's Tpke South. Continue on Turnpike (8.9 miles) and take exit #16 toward FL-992 (152nd St.). Continue on 152nd St. (4.3 miles) to Old Cutler Rd. and turn right. Continue on Cultler Rd. (1 mi) to SW 168th St., then turn left. Proceed 450 feet looking for the Deering estate parking lot entrance on your right.
*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: 25.61500 -80.30900