J. W. CORBETT WMA
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. Nearby is Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, offering summer camps for kids and year-round programs for families and educators. 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.
The best place to view wildlife year-round is the Hungryland Boardwalk and Trail. The 1.2-mile trail is away from the hunt areas and has interpretive signs describing the plant and animal communities. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.
In addition to deer, turkey and feral hogs that draw human hunters, Corbett provides habitat for many other types of wildlife, including the Bachman’s sparrow and federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The 3,000-acre sawgrass marsh is habitat for the endangered snail kite. Up to 20 pairs of sandhill cranes nest on Corbett during fall and winter.
The best place to view wildlife year-round is the Hungryland Boardwalk and Trail. The 1.2-mile trail is located away from the hunt areas and has interpretive signs describing the plant and animal communities.
Look for white-tailed deer and bobcats in early morning and late afternoon. Pileated woodpeckers and barred and screech owls forage in the cypress dome. River otters and raccoons are sometimes seen near the boardwalk. Look for herons, egrets and common yellowthroats in the marshes. Listen as you walk, red-shouldered hawks are commonly heard.
Check the oak hammocks and cypress for large numbers of migratory warblers in spring and fall. The L-8 Canal is a great birding spot: look for roseate spoonbills, wood storks, ibis, tri-colored herons, great blue herons, and other wading birds.
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.