At the site of a former plantation and important archaeological site on the Indian River Lagoon, Seminole Rest provides excellent interpretation of this coastal outpost across the shimmering waters from the main portion of Canaveral National Seashore. A paved path and boardwalk loop around the complex encourages you to not step on these rare early Florida mounds, where pottery dating back to 2000 B.C. has been found.
Location: Oak Hill
Length: 0.3 mile
Fees / Permits: none
Bug factor: moderate
This is an excellent place for views of Mosquito Inlet and a picnic lunch in the breeze. A canoe launch is nearby. Tours of the historic buildings may be offered; contact the park for details.
From Interstate 95 exit 231, drive east on Stuckaway Road for 1 mile to US 1. Head north for 6.9 miles. At East Halifax Avenue in Oak Hill, turn right and drive east 1 mile. The road becomes River Road and you’ll see the park entrance on the right.
A paved path, the Seminole Rest Trail provides an easy stroll around Seminole Rest, a former plantation on the Indian River. Sitting atop a series of large middens topped with cedars and an oak hammock – it holds thousands of years of history, first as a coastal encampment for Florida’s early peoples (2000 B.C. – 1040 A.D.) and during the Spanish period, home for the Ais and Timucua Indians.
There are two historic buildings on site, including the Instone House, a plantation home built before the 1890s, and an caretaker’s cottage of a similar vintage. The interpretive trail follows the shoreline and then loops around the buildings to parallel a mangrove-lined slough on the return trip. You’re directly across from Eldora Hammock in the main portion of the National Seashore.