Notice of Impacts due to COVID-19
Blowing Rocks Preserve is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The preserve is temporarily closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For staff and visitor safety our Hawley Education Center is temporarily closed to the public. Temporary restrooms are available in the west parking lot.
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After five decades of protecting Florida’s great places, The Nature Conservancy considers Blowing Rocks Preserve one of our proudest achievements. This peaceful, barrier island sanctuary is a well-known model for large-scale, native coastal habitat restoration.
The ecosystems found here are disappearing fast from many Florida islands, and a number of endangered plants and animals call this special place home—including rare loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles.
The preserve was named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline—the largest on the Atlantic coast. During extreme high tides and after winter storms, seas break against the rocks and force plumes of saltwater up to 50 feet skyward. It’s an impressive sight. What exactly are the Blowing Rocks?