Linear Park Trail
Linear Park Trail Points of Interest
The Linear Park Trail travels east to west for eight (8) miles along the north bank of the south New River Canal, a major drainage canal originally initiated by Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward 1905-09 to drain the Everglades. Traveling westward from the Turnpike, the Trail takes you past and links with many of the Town’s important and historic downtown sites, including: Potter Park, Betty Roberts Park, Grif’s Western Wear Store, Osborne’s Hardware, Davie’s Western Theme District, Town Hall and Rodeo Arena, Bergeron Rodeo grounds, and the Canoe Landing at the site of Davie’s first Trading Post. Continuing west along the Trail you’ll encounter the George Anderson Footbridge which will take you over the south New River Canal to the Historic Old Davie School built in 1918, or Lange Park. The footbridge was dedicated to “Uncle” George, a pioneering resident, and owner of the first general grocery store in Davie.Further west you’ll meander past the remnants of an old canal lock, and there are numerous gazebos available along the canal for fishing, picnicking or for a respite from the sun. Make note that Bamford Sports Complex, Pine Island Park, Tree Tops Park, Robbins Lodge, and Vista View Parks are all accessible from trails that feed off of the Linear Park Trail.
Tree Tops Park
This 350-acre site features nature and equestrian trails and embraces segments of Pine Island Ridge. It also includes a 23-acre restored freshwater marsh which includes a boardwalk around the perimeter, offering an opportunity to observe bird life and colorful wetland plants.
Pine Island Ridge
This 101-acre site of Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) is located north of Orange Drive and west of Pine Island Road. At various times, the ridge has been a campsite for Tequesta, Seminole, and Miccosukee Indians for over 5,000 years. It has the highest point of elevation in Broward County at 29 feet above sea level, and contains wildlife and a Live Oak canopy which is uncommon this far south.
Vista View Park
Surrounded by the original Imagination Farms Dairy, this Park is the site of a former landfill and superfund site obtained a clean bill of health in the 1990’s. This Park rises above the surrounding landscape along the west side of SW 142nd Avenue about a half-mile north of Orange Drive. The twin hills at the Park are one of the highest spots in Broward County. From the top, one can see Port Everglades and the downtown area of Fort Lauderdale to the east and the vast expanse of the Everglades to the west.