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Great trail to see many of the different ecosystems that Florida has to offer, walking from the upland scrub down to the river's hydric hammock. Lots of wildlife to look at from Gopher Tortoises to Wild Boars, the trail is great for experiencing Florida's natural habitats at work. Highly recommended trail with a great visitors center that has many interactive elements and tons of information about Florida's ecosystems.
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.
The Canaveral National Seashore is the Atlantic coastline beyond the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. You must pay an entrance fee to get in. Even if you are just coming to lay on the beach, bring bug repellent, as the sand flies can get vicious. Be warned, certain launches of larger spacecraft will close the area.
While the outer loop in only 1.5 miles, you can easily get 3+ miles out of it by going back through all the small trails inside the loop. While the trail is short, there are a variety of terrains and habitats. Be careful not to step on one of the many gopher tortoises that patrol the sanctuary! There are bathrooms right at the entrance, and a cool little indoor activity center for kids, if you bring small ones along.
This national Seashore is big and offers nice waves beaches and a lot of intracoastal for canoeing and kayaking. Fishing is very nice for red drum, sharks, sea trout, snook and tarpon.
I have been in Mosquito Lagoon for primitive camping. Let me tell you this is the most adventurous camping trip i ever had. i had to paddle about 2 to 3 miles to get to the primitive camping spot in one of the island. Them, i have fished for two days with a body of mine. We were able to eat from our catch all the trip. This is not for beginners in the world of camping out doors or paddling. For example, in the way back my buddy and i had to paddle for 3 hours and a half due to counter current and we also did not bring a GPS. The way back is totally different so i recommend bringing a GPS
Bring the strongest mosquito spray you can get your hands on. I used 21%, sprayed before getting dressed, at car - all over. I STILL had them all over me. Reapplied 2 more times during hike, ended up turning around after <15mins. I have over 80 bites. *i am one of those that attracts skeeters, but next time, i'm bathing in pure DEET.
The place is spectacular though. Gorgeous beaches too. Crossed paths with a HUGE gator on side of road... His head was in brush, tail out. I stepped right over it before realizing... I'll post pics.
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!