Martin Grade Scenic Highway
Byway Length: 12 Miles
Designated: January 28, 2015
FDOT District: 4
Martin Grade Scenic Highway – County Road 714 – known to the locals simply as “The Grade” is a beautiful road that time seems to have forgotten. The Grade stands proudly as the western accessway to Martin County, lined with cabbage palms, maples and stately oaks that arch above the roadway to form a lush canopy over much of the corridor. The light filtering through this tunnel of trees is constantly changing with the time of day and weather, so that every drive is a dramatic new adventure.
More of a journey than a destination, the Grade began as a logging trail. In the early 1900s it was also used for cattle drives by area cowboys and soon was bordered by citrus groves and cattle ranches. Over the years it has become home to generations of farmers, ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle.
With Lake Okeechobee to the west, the City of Stuart to the east and Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area to the south – a remnant of the impenetrable sloughs and wet prairies that once made up the Alpatiokee Swamp in the northern Everglades – the Grade is an experience not to be missed.
The Grade is truly the shortest distance between the maddening crowds of today’s 21st century Florida urban lifestyles and the serene rural existence of an earlier era – “Experience the road to Old Florida”
Byway Website: keepmartinbeautiful.org/martin-grade-scenic-highway.html
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The byway is located in the southeast part of the state east of Lake Okechobee, due west of Stuart, Florida. It can be accessed from I-95 on the east coast or SR 70 from across the state.
The Martin Grade Scenic Highway is “Martin Highway” a 12 mile portion of CR 714, between Allapattah Road (State Road 609) and Warfield Boulevard (State Road 710).
Centrally located between the unique and distinct communities of Stuart, Indiantown, and Okeechobee, the Martin Grade begins just ten miles west of Palm City, Florida.