A central point for outdoor recreation along the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon, Titusville is surrounded by natural lands with hiking, paddling, and bike trails.

Each January, Florida’s largest and longest-running birding festival, the Space Coast Wildlife & Birding Festival, introduces new visitors to vast preserves surrounding the area. Within 10 miles are segments of the Florida Trail that are well worth a backpacking trip.

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