Explore the most popular trails in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A very pleasant stroll. Make sure you take the time for this if you are going to the Refuge Visitor Center!

this is a nice drive. pay attention to everything. you never know what you'll see.

great for wildlife sightings, specially birds and gators

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

I really enjoy this area ... it is a nice drive through wetlands where you can get some fantastic wildlife photographs. It is a very popular birding trail. There are also areas where you can park and walk or ride a bicycle. The roads are dirt or grassy so you will need a mountain bike for them. Lots of alligators as well, especially towards the second half of the drive.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Beautiful trail with a lot of wildlife, we saw lots of birds and gators. Perfect for biking.

scenic driving
Monday, May 02, 2016

Great trail, more for driving than hiking. they do have foot trails and bike trails but be careful. Caution: There are alligators and bobcats on this path.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Very nice trail, not much shade. Great views all around, nice pavilions for resting.Tons of birds!

bird watching
Monday, October 12, 2015

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.

Friday, January 02, 2015

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.

scenic driving
Monday, June 09, 2014

Perfect for a drive out of town and into the real Florida! Lots of wildlife that did not shy away because of the car, perfect picture opportunities (next time I will not forget my DSLR), and beautiful surroundings. You can literally just get lost in here for hours and hours. Before you know it, it's been 3+ hrs! Well worth the drive.

scenic driving
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Incredible wildlife drive! Lots of birds to see even for a desensitized Native Floridian. If you live in Central Florida or are visiting check it out--you don't even have to get out of your car.

paddle sports
Sunday, August 22, 2010

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!

bird watching
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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

Saturday, April 24, 2010

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.

off road driving
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

scenic driving
Thursday, May 05, 2016

Monday, December 03, 2012

road biking
Friday, October 28, 2011