J.W. Corbett WMA
J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area
Wedged between Florida’s expanding Gold Coast to the east and south and orange groves and agricultural fields to the west is 60,348-acre Corbett Wildlife Management Area. For at least 2000 years before Europeans arrived, Indians inhabited this land, burying their dead in mounds, accumulating the remains of their meals in middens, and traveling by canoe, sometimes on man-made causeways. In the 1800s the Seminoles sought refuge from the U.S. Army in Hungryland Slough. Today you can hunt deer, feral hog, turkey, and snipe in designated hunting areas and explore pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, and a hardwood hammock on Hungryland Boardwalk and Trail. Observe sandhill cranes, rare roseate spoonbills, wood storks and other wading birds and camp along semi-circular ponds and fish for bluegill, bass, and catfish.
60,288,000 acres that include hunting, camping, hiking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding and biking. The camping area is in a designated area within the area and the sites are primitive. A 1.2-mile boardwalk and trail pass through slash pine flatwoods, a sawgrass marsh, and oak/cabbage palm hammock, and a cypress swamp. Good interpretive signs explain the plant communities and animals you may encounter on your visit. A spur of the Florida Trail can be accessed from the site.
Early morning and late afternoon may provide a patient visitor with a glimpse of a white-tailed deer or bobcat. River otters and raccoons are sometimes seen on the boardwalk. Pileated woodpeckers, barred owls, and screech owls are often heard in the canopy of cypress. Herons, egrets, and common yellowthroats inhabit the marshes.
Adjacent to the DuPuis Management Area, the J. W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area is home to a wide array of wildlife, including red-cockaded woodpeckers, bald eagles, deer, and wild hogs. In spring and summer, wildflowers transform the landscape with dramatic color. This is wilderness hiking where you may need to wade low areas after heavy rains. Carry plenty of water; none is available along the trail or at the campsites.
A Daily-Use Permit is required to enter this area, unless you have purchased a Wildlife Management Area Permit. To hunt or fish you must also possess the appropriate license and permit.
An entrance kiosk with area maps and brochures is located at the south entrance off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. There is also a north entrance kiosk containing brochure boxes. A hiking trailhead, interpretive trail and boardwalk and picnic shelters are located at the Hungryland Recreation site near the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. Some campsites on Corbett have fire rings.
Due to the difficulty of accessing major portions of Corbett, certain motorized vehicles are allowed off the main roads during hunting seasons. The area is closed to public access the Sunday 2 weeks prior to the opening of archery season until 8:00 a.m. the day prior to the opening of archery season. However, hiking on the Florida Trial and use of the Hungryland Boardwalk is allowed year-round.
The north entrance is 25 miles northwest of West Palm Beach via the SR 710/Beeline Highway. This entrance is on the south side of the road, just 1/4 miles west of the intersection with SR 706 or Indiantown Road. The south entrance is 16 miles northwest of West Palm Beach on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, 3 miles north of Northlake Blvd. Use the south entrance for access to the Everglades Youth Camp and Hungryland Boardwalk.