Arch Creek Park Miami
1855 NE 135th St, Miami, FL 33181
“A small park with a large and significant history” (http://www.miamidade.gov )
Arch Creek Park Miami is believed to be one of the six camping sites in Miami-Dade built by the Tequesta Indians which was later occupied by the Seminoles. The park is the ancient home of the Floridian descendants and the dawn of the agricultural community, City of North Miami.
Unique feature Arch Creek Park Miami is the 60 ft natural bridge formed by limestone and an oak hammock close to the creek. These two features werethe natural source of foods and shade of the Indians.
They use to fish in the creek which created a dry highway to the Everglades. Shellfish, manatees and turtles are found here in the creek which is a great opportunity for a livelihood. Archeologist have found the Indians to live comfortably in the area due to the abundance of natural resources. Artifact preserved by the soil have been found such as pots, tools bones and others is an evident lifestyle of the Indians which is currently displayed in the park’s museum. By the late 1800’s settlers from Elmira, New York resided the area in advantage of the tropical climate and rich natural resources thus the city of North Miami began as an agricultural community. Since 1950, The bridge was threatened to be destroyed a couple of times for the improvement of drainage and an area pavement for an automobile company. However, protests from the Tropical Audubon Society Historical Association of Southern Florida, Dade Conservation Council, Miami-West India Archaeological Society, the Keystone Point Homeowners’ Association, and the members of the Arch Creek Trust prevented the destruction of the bridge. In 1973, the creek was owned by the State of Florida and was purchased as a state park. Now, the Creek Park is a historical and tourist place worth visiting.
Now the Arch Creek Park Miami is designated as a Florida State Historical Preserve. Passing thru the arch bridge leads to the museum where artifact were preserved and displayed. The park is further developed to welcome residents and tourists offering services providing historical details of the park.
Arch Creek Park Miami offers:
Eco-adventure tours offered
Site of unique natural stone bridge used by ancient Indian tribes
Museum containing Indian and pioneer artifacts
Ghost tours offered on Wednesdays and Historic Nature Walks on Saturdays by reservation, call 305-944-6111
Special programs for children and adults
Bird and wild animal sanctuary
Grounds contain native hardwoods, pines, shrubs and vines
Picnic shelters, tables, nature trail, restrooms
For more details, contact 305-944-6111. The park is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Monday & Tuesday).