Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Titusville, FL that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and sea kayaking and is accessible from October until April.
This is a 5 mile loop trail that winds through Merritt Islands waterways where salt flats meet fresh water. All kinds of birds to be found here. The path is completely level, mowed grass. Make sure to watch out for snakes and gators in season.
Very nice trail, not much shade. Great views all around, nice pavilions for resting.Tons of birds!
I went through here during the Space Coast Birding Festival. This is a fantastic area for birding and wildlife--especially along Black Point Wildlife Drive. I saw many different birds--as well as some alligators. The scenery is lovely. It's great for photography.
Today we walked the Cruickshank Trail at Merritt. It is a 5 mile loop off the Black Point Wildlife drive. There is no cover - so dress accordingly and wear sunscreen and mosquito repellant. Beautiful scenery.
I'm writing this review for anyone who would like to witness a bioluminescent phenomenon inside the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on Mosquito Lagoon. My husband and I went kayaking last night and put in at Bair's Cove which is just inside the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
We were completely amazed by the light show in the water as the fish moved. Even our paddles made the water glow! Here is some important information you may need to know if you choose to try this kayak tour:
Bioluminescence can be seen best on dark nights when the moon isn't out.
From just after the first full moon in June until the end of October you can see this phenomenon. It can only be seen in areas where light pollution is low, one reason Mosquito Lagoon and the northern end of Indian River Lagoon on the undeveloped southern end of Volusia County are the best locations.
The phenomenon may be best experienced by kayak.
Adventurous paddlers can launch their own kayaks inside Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The best location is the Bair's Cove Boat Ramp at Haulover Canal. Individuals intending to launch kayaks must obtain a free permit, either by e-mail or phone from the refuge office, at 321-861-0667 or fws.gov/merrittisland/ . Dont forget a glow stick for the front and back of your kayak. This is a popular place for fishing so there will be boats around.
If you put in at Bair's Cove paddle out of the cove and head to the right. Go under the haulover bridge and enter a bay down a little way and to your left. It's a shallow bay and the mullet are very active. You see a lot of glow with the mullet running. This is a "must see" in my book. It's truly amazing!
MINWR is on Merritt Island, Fl. Near the Kennedy Space Center and is accessed from Titusville, Fl. For more information, visit their very informative website at http:fws.gov/merrittisland
ALthough the trail is not difficult it is worthwhile if you like birding and taking photos of lots of birds so I highly recommend it. It is level and mowed grass, not difficult but it is a 5 mile loop. We were there in cool weather but I bet it would be miserable in hot weather.