1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park, FL 33309
The nature trail has reopened after closing due to flooding.
Some areas remain muddy, however, so exercise caution
when using the trail and dress appropriately.
Hikers use the trail at their own risk.
Wi-Fi is available in the main office area, to the south and the north.
This 46.6-acre Designated Urban Wilderness Area is a magnificent example of cypress and mixed cypress forest. Cypress trees 250 years old and 100 feet tall are common in the park, which also includes a scenic lake. Relatively undisturbed buffer areas of thick wild coffee, ferns, dahoon holly, cabbage palm, oak, and red maple shield the park, which is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, from surrounding developed areas, making this a little oasis of nature just minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale and Atlantic Ocean beaches.
The campground has 45 full-hookup
sites (water, 20/30/50 amp electricity, and sewer) and six sites with partial hookups (water and 20 amp electricity). Each site also includes a picnic table
and a barbecue grill. The campground has two restroom facilities with showers.
Easterlin campground map
Reservations are highly
recommended, especially during the height of the camping season (October -
May). Please check our campground fees
page for current rates.
Reservations are made online or by contacting the park office.
Check out the other camping areas of Broward County's
Please read Campground Rules prior
to making your reservation.
campers should be aware that the campground is near a railroad, and train noise
is common during the night and early-morning hours.
Easterlin Park also provides an area set aside for youth primitive camping for nonprofit groups. Reservations and arrangements must be made through the park office by calling 954-357-5190 or by email to EasterlinPark@Broward.org.
Disc Golf Course
Easterlin Park’s course, which offers 18 holes, was one of the first courses to open in South Florida. The course is open free to the public, and you have to bring your own gear, although the park office provides course maps and score cards.
One medium picnic shelter (capacity 50) with grills, water, electricity, and picnic tables. Reservations are required.
Freestanding picnic tables with grills are located near the playground and throughout the front of the park and are available free on a first-come, first-served basis. Bounce houses and balloons are not permitted in these areas.
Large group gatherings of 250 or more persons require prior park approval and issuance of a Park Permit to address such items as reserving space for the group, traffic control, trash removal/cleanup deposit, etc.
Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail
Easterlin Park is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, which is a statewide trail system encompassing about 2,000 miles of walking trails and showcasing more than 515 preserved bird habitats spread throughout the State of Florida. The trail is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, supported in part by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Like many small urban refuges, the Easterlin hammock is good for migrants like worm-eating warblers, cedar waxwings, and yellow-billed cuckoos in migratory months.
Woodland Nature Trail
This approximately one-mile, horseshoe-shaped trail takes visitors back in time. As the trail winds through the park's cypress forest, which is dotted with towering royal palms flanked by acres of ferns, visitors get a sense of "Old Florida" as the picturesque scene of a centuries-old Florida landscape takes shape. The historic Middle River plays a vital role in the wetland lining the western portion of the trail, benefitting the bald cypress, red maple, and pond apple trees by aiding in the dispersal and germination of their seeds. As the trail meanders east, ferns, mushrooms, lichens, and bromeliads abound. Keep a lookout for the animals that reside throughout the Woodland Trail area, such as gopher tortoises, white ibises, owls, woodpeckers, and various species of butterflies, including ruddy daggerwing.
Environmental and Scouting Programs
Getting people of all ages involved in the appreciation of nature is the focus of many of the programs at Easterlin Park. Opportunities include activities for boy and girl scouts, children's programs, school field trips, private group tours, and more. Call 954-357-5113 for details and to make reservations.
Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. The first clue is a set of GPS coordinates, corresponding to where someone has hidden a "treasure," or geocache. Geocaches can come in all shapes and sizes and can even be virtual. If you are interested in geocaching and want to know more, please visit our Geocaching Web page.
If you plan to geocache in Easterlin Park, you can use the following GPS coordinates to search for geocaches in the park: 26.17028, -80.16327. Please be aware of the following guidelines that apply to geocaching at Easterlin Park in addition to the guidelines set forth on the Geocaching Web page:
- No pets are allowed on the nature trails.
- Please stay on nature trails and do not stray from the path.
- Geocaching in campgrounds is restricted to campers only.
- Foot traffic only.
A large, covered, wheelchair-accessible playground is located in the northwest corner of the park.
The following sports courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis: basketball, bocce/petanque, horseshoes, pickleball, sand volleyball, and shuffleboard. Sports equipment is available for rental at the park office to the general public and free for use by registered campers.
Sports Equipment Rentals
The park offers limited quantities of a variety of sports equipment, available at the park office on a first-come, first-served basis. The following items are available:
- Horseshoes, set of four with two stakes - $10
- Tug-of-War Rope - $10
- Sports Bag (miscellaneous equipment, such as flying discs for disc golf, bocce/petanque set, pickleball set, shuffleboard set, and other items - inquire for available combinations)
A refundable cash deposit may be required. Confirm with park office.
If you're interested in volunteering at Easterlin Park, please visit the Parks and Recreation Division's main volunteers Web page for more information.
A Little History
Broward County's first inland regional park was originally acquired in 1944, when it was known as Cypress Park because of the distinctive trees that cover much of the area. The park opened to the public in January 1965 and was later named after John D. Easterlin, a Broward County commissioner who was characterized as independent and outspoken. Easterlin died in 1968.
This park is home to wildlife. If you have questions regarding wildlife or wish additional information, please call the park number above. The following safety tips are recommended for our guests: 1. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid the water's edge. 2. Alligators, snakes, and other animals live in this area. 3. Do not approach, feed, or taunt alligators, snakes, or other wildlife. 4. Pets, where permitted, must be on a leash no longer than six feet. 5. No swimming or wading except in designated areas. 6. Use common sense while in this park.
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