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Cruickshank Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Merritt Island, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 22 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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Getting There

Pets are allowed on Cruickshank trail, but must be kept on leash. Restrooms are provided at the Cruckshank Trail stop.

Florida Office of Visitor Inquiry, Division of Tourism, 126 W. Van Buren Street , Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2000, Phone: 904-487-1462

Directions from Titusville, FL: Take State Route 402 east, bearing left onto State Route 406. Take the Black Point Wildlife Drive; trails begins at stop no. 8.

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Zina B
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HikingOver grown

I have done this trail in the past, and it was beautiful and amazing and well maintained that I decided to go back and snap some birds photos, however that didn't happen, about 1 miles into the trail, the grass was so overgrown you can barely see where you step, we almost stepped on a racer, the mosquitoes were relentless. I would definitely recommend not to go this time especially do not take any kids or pets, if there are non-venomous snakes here, there could be plenty venomous too, especially that the area is surrounded by water. if you do decide to go with your hike, make sure you have a hiking stick to help make noise and avoid any incidents with any snakes.

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victoria forbrich
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Has some high grass that had snakes hiding in it. Beautiful landscape, but I would not recommend bringing children

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Jorge M.
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HikingNo shade
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Catherine Baldwin
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HikingFeeNo shade

On a cool, sunny, breezy February day, this trail was lovely. No mosquitoes Trail was not overgrown. There was a giant gator blocking the trail in the morning, but it eventually moved on. There were migrating flocks of white pelicans and roseate spoonbills along with all the regulars. Serene, lonely, quiet, perfect. Subtle Florida beauty. worth the $10 fee.

Jill Boyd
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HikingBugsOver grown

I walked this trail on July 19th and the grass had grown wild over the whole length. I'm 6 feet tall and it was higher than my knees. The trail isn't marked, and since this was my first time and it was overgrown I wondered several times if I had wandered off the path. With that said, it is an absolutely beautiful area to walk. It's very quiet, the scenery is stunning, and there are wooden structures with benches spaced out along the trail that offer some shade if you need a break. Do use bug spray, bring bottled water, and the restrooms are in horrible condition so don't count on using them for more than a quick pit stop.

Sarah Wray
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Hiking

Sometimes this trail has very thick grass and it is difficult to walk or ride a bicycle through. Not really that much wildlife either ... good for a walk but that is about it.

Stephanie Burns Garrett
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good for the main purpose of getting my dog out of the house for a bit. and logging some miles for my 100 mile challenge. easy and quick. lots of birds if you're interested. not very crowded. a few cactus plants but road has recently been mowed.

Steph Haire
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Boring trail. Very little wildlife. Some birds, crab shells and not much else.

SG W.
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First to Review

This trail is flat but very open. Lots of high grass and cactus to have to navigate around. We saw a lot more wildlife on the Blackpoint Drive in than we did on this trail. I would not consider this trail kid-friendly due to the heat and the cactus and high grasses. The parts closest to the parking area are fairly hard packed, but the back part of the loop did have high grasses; and multiple washouts. I"m sure the hurricanes this summer have effected the maintenance schedule which probably explains the high grasses that have to be navigated.

Jim Tulloch
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Stephanie Michael
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Na Na
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Zina B
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Chris Nordhus
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Sean Patterson
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Adlyn Rodriguez
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Teresa Fultz
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Michael Geddes
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David Lannie
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Matt Rydson
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Scott Simmons
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Christine Baker
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Tami Thomas
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Jesse Flint
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Johannes Bulmahn
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Doug Goodman
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Evelynn Martin
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