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This section includes destinations for Mountain Bike or Wilderness Trails in Northern Brevard, Southern Volusia, and Eastern Seminole Counties.

Salt Lake Conservation Area
From I-95, take SR 46 west. Turn left onto Turpentine Road, then take a right on Panther Lane then a left on Arch Road and follow Arch Road to the main entrance and parking area.
A mixture of upland scrub and wetlands as well as portions of Loughman, Salt, and South Lakes, Salt Lake Conservation Area has a diverse wildlife population ranging from deer, turkey, bobcat, and fox to scrub jays, hawks, egrets, herons, ducks, and songbirds.
Trails Map
N 28 38.415 W 80 53.386
Google Satellite Image

Buck Lake Conservation Area
encompasses 9,291 acres and has two entrances and parking areas on the north side of State Road 46. The eastern entrance is .75 mile west of I-95 while the western entrance is 6.4 mile west of I-95. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting in season are allowed here and there are four primative campsites available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a type 2 management area, meaning during hunting periods you must have a valid hunting license to enter the property and no camping is allowed.
The ridge found in the eastern part of the property supports about 200 acres of scrubby flatwoods and oak hammock which is the habitat for the florida scrub jay, Florida's only endemnic bird species. This area can be accessed from several trails that lead from the main East Entrance Trail. In this Google link,(Google Image) I have placed a marker in the middle of the eastern ridge trail network. The trails are clearly visible in this image as is the entrance trail to the left. A basin swamp community dominates the eastern third of the property. this basin receives runoff water from the surrounding uplands and drains into a wet prarie which forms the the headwaters of six mile creek. The western portion of this property features a large floodplain marsh and a large marsh lake, Buck Lake. Overall, this conservation area provides protection for many natural communities and provides habitat for not only scrub jays, but gopher tortoises, bald eagles, otters, deer, fox, bobcats, turkeys, herons, egrets, owls, and woodpeckers.
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Trail Guide
GPS (East Trailhead)
N 28 40.302 W 80 53.427
Google Satellite Image (East Trailhead)
GPS (Buck Lake Entrance)
N 28 40.333 W 80 58.332
Google Satellite Image (Buck Lake Entrance)

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area
is on Hatbill Road off State Road 46 4.1 miles west of the I-95 SR 46 interchange (exit 81). Look for signs for Loughman Lake Lodge and Seminole Ranch Conservation Area on the south side of 46. There are hiking trails in Seminole Ranch at 1.1, 2.3 and 4.1 miles from SR46. This area has a total of 35 miles of hiking trails, including several miles of the Florida Trail which flanks the St. John's River. Primative camping is allowed on the portion east of the St. John's River, as is biking, horseback riding and canoeing. Hatbill Park, a County Park is within the conservation area at the end of Hatbill Road and offers boating and canoeing access to the river.
The area ecompasses 28,785 acres, 96 % of which is within the St. Johns drainage basin and a variety of habitats are found here including pine, palmetto, hardwood, hammocks, freshwater lakes and river, and wetlands. Certain areas have a unique plant community supported by connate saltwater which flows from small springs near Harney and Puzzle lakes. The salinity of small lakes in the area approaches one-third that of sea water. Many salt-tolerant and marine-dwelling organisms present here are not found anywhere else in the St. Johns River. Wildlife found here includes migratory and residential wading birds, while white pelicans, southern bald eagles, roseate spoonbills and sandhill cranes sometimes are sighted. Other wildlife includes bobcats, otters, deer, and alligators.
Property Map
N 28 39.904 W 80 56.393
Google Satellite Image
Lake Proctor Wilderness Area
Lake Proctor is 15.5 miles west of Interstate 95 on SR 46, on the North side of the road.
The Lake Proctor Wilderness Area is a 475 acre wooded site located in east Seminole County near the Town of Geneva. About 6 miles of trails will take you through a variety of habitats such as sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mixed hardwood swamp, sandhill or longleaf pine, turkey oak, bayhead swamp and oak hammock. Wildlife observed on this site includes the wood duck, white-tailed deer, sandhill cranes, wading birds, migratory songbirds, red fox and Florida worm lizard. The trails are open to hiking and mountain bikes.
GPS N 28 43.553 W 81 05.929
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Geneva Wilderness Area
Head south about 1 mile on CR 426 from SR 46 in Geneva. The Wilderness area will be on your left.
The Geneva Wilderness Area is a 180 acre site that lies to the south of the Geneva community on SR 426 in East Seminole County. The Geneva site contains an array of native Florida plant communities from Mixed Hardwood Swamp and Mesic Hammocks to Xeric Oak, all supporting an equally diverse collection of wildlife. A ride through these habitats can reward visitors with sighting gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, grey fox.
Seminole County Aerial Map PDF
GPS N 28 42.565 W 81 07.429
Google Satellite Image
Black Hammock Wilderness Area
Take SR 46 to CR 426 in Geneva, south on CR 426 (4.2 miles). Turn right on Walsh Street, then take the second left onto Florida Ave, then the next right on Barr Street, then turn right onto Howard Ave. Park will be right there on left.
The Black Hammock Wilderness Area, a 700 acre joint purchase with the St. Johns River Water Management District, was acquired as part of a comprehensive effort to preserve significant habitat along the shores of Lake Jesup. A round trip hike of approximately 4.5 miles of trails will take you through habitats such as Mixed Hardwood Swamp, Sand Pine Scrub and Pine Flatwoods. Wildlife observed on this site includes the Barred Owl, White-tailed deer, Bobcat and Eastern Hognose Snake. The variety of habitats and beautiful boardwalk and trail system makes this park a popular destination for local equestrians (no trailer parking), mountain bikers, hikers, photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Seminole County Trails Map PDF
GPS N 28 41.980 W 81 09.546
Google Satellite Image

Little Big Econ State Forest
There are two separate tracts to the The Little Big Econ State Forest, the Demetree Tract and the Kilbee Tract.

The Demetree Tract of the Little Big Econ State Forest protects the watershed of one of Floridas most beautiful Blackwater Rivers, the Econlockhatchee, a popular canoeing destination. Along the river one may see wading birds perched in trees, various raptors including Bald Eagles are commonly sighted as well as swallow-tailed kites flying overhead in spring and summer. Woodpeckers and kingfishers are also common sightings. A large variety of songbirds inhabit the forested areas as well as the improved pastureland near the Snow Hill Road entrance. Other sightings may include whitetail deer, turkey, bobcat, otter, alligators, sandhill cranes, and many others.
There are three entrances to the Demetree Tract, the Barr Street Entrance, the Snow Hill Road Entrance, which also serves as the Equestrian use entrance, and the Jones East Trailhead Entrance.
To get to the Barr Street entrance, go south about 4.5 miles on CR 426 from SR 46 in Geneva. The Barr Street entrance will be on the left. To get to the Snow Hill Road entrance, go south on CR 426 from SR 46 in Geneva. In just under a mile, Snow Hill Road veers off to the left. Go about 2.5 miles south on Snow Hill Road. The parking area will be on the right. The Jones East Trailhead can be found on Snow Hill Road about a half mile south of the Snow Hill Equestrian Trailhead.

The Kilbee Tract is a separate tract that straddles the St John's River on the south side of State Road 46, and contains the point where the Econ flows into the St Johns. The trail leads from the Trailhead heading south then forks into two trails. Taking the left fork will bring you to a great vanatage point overlooking the St. Johns River Floodplain. Scan the marshes for waders, ducks, raptors, and many others.
The entrance to the Kilbee Tract is off of SR 46, just west of the SR 46 bridge about 11 miles west of the I-95/SR 46 interchange.

Florida Dept of Forestry Trails Map PDF

GPS Barr Street Entrance
N 28 40.952 W 81 09.572
Google Satellite Image Barr Street Entrance

GPS Snow Hill Road Entrance
N 28 41.175 W 81 06.873
Google Satellite Image Snow Hill Road Entrance

GPS Jones East Trailhead
N 28 40.407 W 81 06.845
Google Satellite Image Jones East Trailhead


GPS Kilbee Tract Trailhead N 28 42.924 W 81 02.938
Google Satellite Image Kilbee Tract Trailhead

Chuluota Wilderness Area
From Titusville take SR 50 to Fort Christmas Road in Christmas, turn right (North) and follow Fort Christmas for 9.2 miles, turn right on Lake Mills Road for .8 miles bear right on Curryville Road. The Wilderness area will be on your left in 2.5 miles.
The Chuluota Wilderness Area is a 625 acre natural area located in the southeast corner of Seminole County. It contains a variety of natural systems such as mesic hammock, pond pine flatwoods, hardwood swamp and some rare habitats such as sand pine scrub. These in turn provide food and shelter for an equally diverse population of wildlife which includes white-tailed deer, gopher tortoise, sherman's fox squirrel, and the eastern diamondback rattlesnake.
GPS N 28 37.398 W 81 03.742
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Orlando Wetlands Park
25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas, Florida, 32709 Park Phone: 407.568.1706
From I-95, take SR 50 west to the town of Christmas. Turn right (north) onto Ft. Christmas Road (CR 420) and go 2.3 miles to Wheeler Road. Turn right on Wheeler and go east for 1.5 miles to the parking area on your left.
The Orlando Wetlands Park is a regional wastewater treatment facility for the Greater Orlando Area. The system was designed to polish up to 35 million gallons a day of reclaimed wastewater. The water is conveyed through a four-foot diameter pipeline approximately 17 miles. Seventeen cells and three different communities were designed to remove excess nutrients from the water. Over 2 million aquatic plants and 200,000 trees were planted to create deep marsh, mixed marsh and hardwood swamp habitats. The water flows into the influent structure and is then divided into three flow pathways. The water first flows into the deep marsh. The deep marsh cells are primarily monocultures of cattails or giant bulrush. From there, the water flows into the mixed marsh.
Wildlife; The open waters of the lake and marshes attract wintering waterfowl, including blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, common moorhens and Amaerican coots. Wood storks, white ibis, black-crowned night herons, and other wading birds are common during the cooler months. Bald eagles, limpkins, and red-shouldered hawks, black vultures, and turkey vultures are year round residents in the Orlando Wetlands Park. Raccoons, river otters, white-tailed deer and bobcats can be seen along the roads and hiking trails. The Orlando Wetlands is home to over 30 species of wildlife that are listed on the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Threatened and Endangered Wildlife list.
GPS N 28 34.162 W 80 59.797
Google Satellite Image
Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park
9,515 acres, including individual and joint ownership by the District and Orange County.
From Titusville, head west on SR 50, past the town of Christmas. Turn left and go east on SR 520 for about two miles. Turn right (west) into the Wedgefield subdivision on Macon Parkway. Turn left on Bancroft Blvd., right on Meredith Parkway, then left on Dallas Blvd. The parking lot is 1.6 miles south of the Meridith/Dallas intersection, on the right.
This vast expanse of flatwoods and open prairie straddles the Econlockhatchee River in east Orange County. The big attraction for birders here is an active colony of red-cockaded woodpeckers located in the northern third of the property. Best viewing time for the RCWs is at dawn when the birds awaken from their nesting cavities. White stripes around pine tree trunks identify trees with RCW cavities. Other common resident species include eastern bluebird, brown-headed nuthatch, Bachman's sparrow, wood duck, sandhill crane and barred owl. With some luck, visitors may find wild turkey, whip-poor-will, hairy and red-headed woodpecker, hermit thrush, orange-crowned warbler, sedge and marsh wren, king rail and Cooper's and sharp-shinned hawk.
Property Map
Trail Guide
N 28 29.163 W 81 05.833
Google Satellite Image
Canaveral Marshes Conservation Area
This area can be accessed from a parking area on the south side of SR 50 approximately three miles west of I-95. Canaveral Marshes Conservation Area is a 6,741-acre property owned and managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District. The trail from here heads due east for about a mile then turns due south for about another mile until it meets the Addison Ellis Canal, then follows along the canal east until it comes to the border of the Great Outdoors Golf and RV Resort. along this route this elevated dike trail trail offers expansive views of the marshes, which provide habitat for a diverse population of wildlife, including numerous migratory and resident wading birds and waterfowl, alligators, and many endangered species. Once you get to the point where the canal enters the resort, the trail turns south and forms two loop trails which take you through wooded hammock habitat providing habitat for various songbird species, deer, turkey, and other wildlife, while looping around an extensive indian midden.
There is no camping or hunting allowed here.
Property Map
GPS N 28 32.708 W 80 53.790
Google Satellite Image
Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area; (Orange County)
3365 Taylor Creek Road
Christmas, FL 32709-9130
(407) 568-5893
can be found west of Titusville on SR 50 over the St John's River and into the town of Christmas. Look for Look for Taylor Creek Road on the south side of SR 50. Then head south for about 3 miles and you'll see the entrance on the left on Beehead Road. There is a nominal day use fee per vehicle. A box to deposit the fee is at the entrance kiosk Overnight primitive camping is available. There are two classes of trails here.
Multi use trails can be hiked, biked, and ridden on horseback and are marked with orange or rust colored blazes while the foot only trails are blazed in white. Horses are not allowed on vehicle roads except at designated horse crossing points. Bicycles are allowed on all park roads, service roads and firelines. This 28,000 acre area runs along the St John's River and features about 30 miles of trails, primative camping, virgin pine flatwoods, and a 900-acre virgin cypress swamp which running along Jim Creek is thought to be the largest remaining stand of cypress left uncut in the state. This is a beautiful area which can be accessed from the last parking area west on Power Line Road before it crosses Jim Creek. The trail head is a log bridge over a creek just accross the road from the parking area. In the pinewoods near Beehead Ranch at the end of Beehead Road, some of the tall slash pines are thought to be 250 years old.
Bird and wildlife watchers will love the opportunity to see some of the large raptors such as osprey, bald eagles, and swallow-tailed kites that can be found here. Wild turkey, white tailed deer, bobcat, racoon, armadillo and on rare occasions, Florida panther are rumored to have been spotted here. Other points of interest include the 30 indian mounds in close proximity to the trails.
The Park Roads provide parking areas and trail access throughout the park. Refer to the map for specifics.
Trails Map
GPS N 28 29.912 W 80 59.903
Google Satellite Image
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge;
Owned by NASA and home of Kennedy Space Center, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge has been managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service since 1963. Though there are four entrances open to NASA workers, only two are available to provide access to the public portions of the refuge, and they are the Max Brewer Causeway in Titusville and the State Road 3 entrance from US 1 just south of the town of Oak Hill in Volusia County. This is a large refuge, 140,000 acres and there are many locations scattered throughout the refuge that provide biking opportunities. The rides will all be on raised, semi-improved dike roads although there will be potholes and some soft spots. Note; You will be sharing many of these roads with motor vehicles but not many, just fishermen and birders. The speeds should be slow and proper courtesy should get you through just fine.
Note; You will sometimes find some of these dike roads barricaded. This is sometime due to conditions deemed unsafe for automobiles and othertimes during seasonal migration periods to prevent autmobiles from disturbing certain sensitive migratory birds which may be wintering in the area. Hiking and Biking these roads are still allowed. The only exception is when a road is marked for Waterfowl Hunting access only during hunting seasons. There are some side dirt roads along State Road 3 marked as no unauthorized personel. Heed those signs, but none of those are listed below.
GPS Oak Hill Entrance N 28 50.049 W 80 50.512
Google Satellite Image, Oak Hill Entrance
GPS Titusville Entrance
N 28 37.698 W 80 47.288
Google Satellite Image, Titusville Entrance
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Map
Black Point Wildlife Drive;
The best place to see wildlife is along the Black Point Wildlife Drive. The 7-mile, one-way drive follows a dike road around several shallow marsh impoundments and through pine flatwoods. This provides an excellent place to see waterfowl (in season), wading birds, shorebirds and raptors. Alligators, river otters, bobcats, various species of snakes, and other wildlife may be visible as well. A self-guiding brochure (available near the drive entrance) will provide information on things to look for. One to two hours after sunrise and one to two hours before sunset are typically the best times to view wildlife actively feeding in the impoundments.
GPS N 28 39.538 W 80 45.311
Google Satellite Image
The Creek Roads
West Gator Creek Road
West Gator Creek Road can be accessed at two locations from State Road 406 from Titusville. The first is at the entrance kiosk parking lot. The entrance to the road will be at the far west of the parking area. from here the road will go along the western edge of the lagoon to the mouth of Gator Creek then turn to the northeast along the creek. The second entrance is the next left from State Road 406 less than a mile from the refuge entry kiosk. This entrance is actually just referred to as Gator Creek Road and splits into East and West Gator Creek Roads a few hundred yards from this entrance. Look for wading birds in the impoundments within the dike and neotropical migrants along the roadside trees and bushes. Close to the eastern entrance Catfish Creek Road
GPS West Entrance N 28 37.666 W 80 47.229
Google Satellite Image West Entrance
GPS East Entrance
N 28 38.195 W 80 46.639
Google Satellite Image East Entrance
East Gator Creek Road
East Gator Creek can be accessed from two locations. The first is a shared entry with West Gator Creek on the right less than a mile from the Refuge Entrance Kiosk while the second is west on SR 406 until after it veers to the right at the turnoff for Black Point. (Where it becomes SR 402). Just after this point you will see the second entrance on the right.
GPS West Entrance N 28 38.195 W 80 46.639
Google Satellite Image West Entrance
GPS East Entrance
N 28 38.575 W 80 45.988
Google Satellite Image East Entrance
Catfish Creek Road
Catfish Creek is accessed from East Gator Creek Road, which is accessed from the shared entrance of Both Gator Creek Roads. Take state Road 406 a bit less than a mile into the refuge from Titusville and turn right onto Gator Creek Road, then take the first left intersection you come to, this is east Gator Creek Road. Follow the road around the shoreline until you come to a right intersection. Take this and you are on Catfish Creek Road, which leads to and loops around a salt marsh impoundment. When you come to a three way intersection, a left turn will take you to the northwestern shoreline of catfish creek, you will pass one more side path on your left which is Peacocks Pocket Road. Stay on Catfish Creek road and you will travel to the Indian River lagoon Shoreline, follow the shoreline around to the South East Shore of Gator Creek and back to the three way intersection marked by the Green Arrow on the Google satellite Image.
GPS N 28 37.941 W 80 46.305
Google Satellite Image
Peacocks Pocket Road
Peacocks Pocket is accessed from State Road 406. A little less than 1 mile into the refuge, turn right on Gator Creek Road. Take the first left on East Gator Creek, then take the first right on Catfish Creek Loop Road, then take the next left at the three way intersection follow the shoreline and take the next left. This is Peacocks Pocket Road which lead to the shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon and follow it all the way to Peacocks Pocket, one of several coves in the area. When the lagoon shoreline section of the road ends it will turn left be a straight shot for a little over 2 miles through wetlands and pine forest back to State Road 402 near the Refuge Headquarters.To head back to Titusville, turn left.
GPS N 28 37.549 W 80 46.418
Google Satellite Image West Entrance
Google Satellite Image East Entrance
Other Dike Roads
Biolab Road
Biolab Road is accessed by following State Road 406 from Garden Street in Titusville. After entering the refuge look for the turnoff to Black Point Wildlife Drive at the bend in the road. Turn off here and follow the roadway past the entrance to Black Point until it ends at State Road 3. Turn to the north and look for NASA's Atmosheric Sciences Laboratory about 1 and 1/2 miles on the right (east) side of the road. Turn onto the dirt road and befor you get to the boat ramp at the end you will see a right turn. This is Biolab Road, which will take you along the shorline of mosquito lagoon to you're left and wetlands and salt marsh on your right. Look for alligators along the roadside canals, herons and egrets in the wetlands and white pelicans in the lagoon.
Editors Note; If you really want to see an alligator, the canals that follow this road that were built when the dike road was built is THE best place to see them. Along most of the dike roads including Black Point you might see one, two, or maybe three. In one trip along Biolab I counted several dozen big ones.
GPS N 28 42.368 W 80 43.315
Google Satellite Image
Long Pond Road; As of this writing Long Pond Road is closed to motor vehicle traffic due to hurricane damage and a lack of funding to fix it. However it is still open to foot and bike traffic. Long Pond Road provides about 5 miles of fishing access, with several good canoe/kayak launch sites along its run where the road is wide enough to park and a decent launch beach present. Long Pond Road can be accessed from two points. The closest to Titusville is off of Black Point Wildlife Drive near the end of the drive. The second entrance is about 3 miles or so north of the intersection of SR 406 and SR 3. Remember though that by going to the Black Point entrance you have to drive through about 4 1/2 miles of Black Point itself, before you can even think about fishing (No fishing or boat launching allowed off of Black Point). In addition you have to understand that Black Point is a world reknowned birdwatching site, complete with birdwatchers from all over globe who like to stop and watch birds while at the same pumping more dollars into our local economy than most people realize. If fishing is the purpose of your visit, the SR-3 entrance is the better choice and will get you fishing faster as it quickly skirts the southern shoreline of Dummit Cove. This can be a great fishing spot from the dike itself for trout and reds. In fact some very big reds have come from the cove, usually from boats but anything is possible. After it passes the mouth of the cove it runs along the Indian River Lagoon. These are waters more suitable for wading or canoe/kayak fishing than shore fishing as it is very shallow along the dike. However it does seem to be easily waded with a firm sandy bottom and nice grass flats. Do the stingray shuffle (see "The Dike Roads" above on this page) and start fishing in about knee depth or slightly less water, which isn't very far offshore. The road then turns south runs along a channel that enters a cove. You can fish from shore along the cove. The road then quickly makes the connection to Black Point where you can turn left and join the birdwatchers making their exit. Be careful entering Black Point as there is a blind turn right before the birders reach the intersection and they may not see you entering.
GPS N 28 42.187 W 80 43.554
Google Satellite Image

Shiloh Marsh Road; The Northernmost Entrance to Shiloh Marsh Road is off of US-1 in Volusia County South of the Town of Oak Hill and south of the northern entrance to the Refuge. Continue past the State Road 3 entrance on US-1 and follow 1 as it turns to the west. Just before going over a bridge you will see the Shiloh Marsh Road on your left. This Dirt road travels through a marshland along Turnbul Creek until it reaches the northern extreme end of the Indian River Lagoon. You can park here and begin your ride. Note; it is seasonally barricaded to prevent auto traffic during certain wildlife migration seasons and it only means no auto traffic. Biking and hiking are still allowed. There are four additional entraces to Shiloh Road. These are accessed from State Road 3 within the refuge. From the Oak Hill Entrance where SR-3 meets US-1 the first is 3.9 miles south of the entrance. The next is 4.6 miles and the third is 6.1 (Patillo Creek Entrance). The Southernmost entrance to Shiloh is the Live Oak Entrance at 7.3 miles from the Northern Entrance.

If coming from Titusville, go to State road 3 from SR 406, head north on 3. From the Haulover Canal Bridge, the first entrance (Live Oak) is 1.5 miles, the Patillo Creek entrance is 2.6 miles and the next two entrances are 4.1 and 4.8 miles north of Haulover Canal. The dike road itself winds along the shore of the Indian River lagoon for over twenty miles, offerring expansive views of the lagoon on the west side and impounded salt marshes on the east side.

Volusia County US-1 Entrance to Shiloh Road
N 28 49.674 W 80 51.060
Volusia County US-1 Entrance to Shiloh Road Google Satellite Image

Northernmost SR-3 Entrance to Shiloh Road
N 28 47.404 W 80 48.295
Northernmost SR-3 Entrance to Shiloh Road Google Satellite Image

Next Entrance South to Shiloh Road
N 28 46.932 W 80 47.907
Next Entrance South to Shiloh Road Google Satellite Image

Patillo Creek Entrance to Shiloh Road
N 28 45.851 W 80 46.977
Patillo Creek Entrance to Shiloh Road Google Satellite Image

Live Oak Entrance to Shiloh Road
N 28 45.113 W 80 46.274
Live Oak Entrance to Shiloh Road Google Satellite Image

Merritt Island Locations outside of the Wildlife Refuge
Pine Island Conservation Area;
2121 Pine Island Road, Merritt Island
From SR-528 (Beeline Cswy) take SR-3 north for 5.5 miles. Turn left on Pine Island Rd and go 2.5 miles to the unpaved parking area at the entrance.
From SR-520 go north on Courtenay Parkway (SR-3) across the Barge Canal and continue for 5.5 miles. Turn left on Pine Island Rd and go 2.5 miles to the unpaved parking area at the entrance.
Pine Island is not actually and island. The name comes from the fact that an "island" of pine flatwoods is surrounded by other habitats, including on one edge the Indian River Lagoon without the normal habitat transition from pine flatwoods to wetlands to lagoon. There are also mangrove forests, hardwood hammocks, and cabbage Palm Hammocks. The diversity of habitats for many species of wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and migratory birds is a prominent feature of the conservation area. Reptiles and amphibians including alligators and aquatic turtles are common, as are mammals such as bobcats, river otters, raccoons, and opossums that seek food and refuge on the site.
Property map
GPS N 28 29.507 W 80 43.302
Google Satellite Image
Kings Park
995 Chase Hammock Road, Merritt Island
FROM US Hwy 1, take SR-528 east 2.7 miles, turn left onto Courtenay Parkway (SR-3) and go 3.1 miles.Turn right and go 0.9 miles on Chase Hammock.
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark.
This is a 240 acre park with a manmade freshwater lake and a myriad of creeks and smaller brackish ponds that make for a very interesting birding and wildlife area, especialliy with the addition of the multiuse trail on the property, which runs along one of the creeks. There are also several rustic hiking trails through the park for some off the beaten path hiking. Look for wading birds and other waterfowl along the creeks and backwaters, and migratory songbirds and raptors in the wooded sections.
GPS N 28 26.840 W 80 41.690
Google Satellite Image