Tour Blowing Rocks Preserve

This peaceful, barrier island sanctuary is a well known model for large-scale, native coastal habitat restoration. Explore one of our most popular preserves in the slideshow below and then plan your visit to Blowing Rocks Preserve!

Limestone Formations

Anastasia limestone rock formations along the Blowing Rock Preserve’s shoreline were formed approximately 120,000 years ago. They offer many opportunities to explore, both at high tide and low tide.

Sea Oats

Sea oats are important native plants that help stabilize barrier island dunes.

Sea Grapes

The sea grape’s large circular leaves and grape-like clusters of fruit are critical to wildlife – both for food and as a protective canopy.

Dune Trail

The Dune Trail leads to the northern end of the beach and offers scenic views of the ocean. It’s bordered by native plants, including sea grape shown here.

Sea Turtles

Each summer, sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs in the sand at Blowing Rocks Preserve. Shown here is a leatherback hatchling that has emerged from its nest and is making its way to the ocean.

Hawley Education Center

The Hawley Education Center features educational displays about Blowing Rocks Preserve and The Nature Conservancy’s work to restore coastal habitats.


One of North America’s largest hawks, the osprey is a common sight along seacoasts.

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Designated Florida’s State butterfly, the zebra longwing can be seen at Blowing Rocks Preserve year round. The preserve’s native plant garden is a good place to learn about host and nectar plants for butterflies.

Indian River Lagoon Boardwalk

Interpretive signs along the Indian River Lagoon boardwalk describe the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and this species-rich estuary.


Mangroves help protect shorelines from erosion caused by wave energy and storms. They also provide sheltered nursery areas for fish and shellfish.


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