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.
Activities by Map
- Hiking the Cruickshank Trail – Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (7/29/2014) - Andy and Tiny enjoy panoramas of the vastness of the Indian River Lagoon by following the Cruickshank Trail at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on a summer morning
- Hiking Fox Lake Sanctuary (11/21/2013) - One of Brevard County's newer trail systems, the loops at Fox Lake Sanctuary offer more than 6 miles of traversing rugged terrain amid bayheads, prairies, and pine flatwoods.
- Trikes on Parade in Mims (11/7/2013) - Bill felt a little odd being the only one on a bicycle on our last adventure. My friends Richard and Steve from the coast had invited us to join them for an early morning ride. Richard rode his older model Ice T, Steve used my Ice Adventure RS and me on Sandy’s Adventure RS. The […]
- North Merritt Island by bike (7/12/2013) - I was the first to arrive at our meeting place in Sand Point Park in Titusville. Driving there, I was questioning if I was ready to tackle my first forty-plus mile ride on the trike. Only one way to tell! I was quickly joined by my cycling friends Steve and Richard, and two new-to-me riders, […]
- Biking Indian River Drive (6/27/2013) - This morning I returned to one of my old favorite bike rides, Indian River Drive, which we natives call “River Road.” Ride: Up to 28.6 miles Location: Cocoa and Rockledge Type: Road I began riding this Brevard County Scenic road along the Indian River in 1971 on my newly purchased ten-speed Schwinn Varsity. Thirty years […]
- Trekking through Tosohatchee (3/2/2012) - One of the wilder places within the Orlando metro area to enjoy a long walk in the woods is Tosohatchee WMA. Formerly a Florida State Park until a land swap with Florida Fish & Wildlife less than a decade ago, Tosohatchee is a botanical wonderland in the bottomlands along the St. Johns River. Ancient trees […]
- Florida Trail relocation in Seminole Ranch (1/30/2012) - A recent relocation of the Florida Trail in Seminole Ranch Conservation Area has opened up another beautiful stretch of hiking along the floodplain of the St. Johns River north of Christmas. Removing the long-standing roadwalk along Wheeler Road from the equation means a well-shaded and most interesting walk in the woods as you head north […]
- Explore Pine Lily Preserve (12/28/2011) - While it’s not the right time of year for pine lilies to bloom, Orange County’s Pine Lily Preserve in Bithlo is a great wildflower walk in any season. Right now, you’ll catch carnivorous sundews and bladderworts, as well as lobelia, in the damp spaces south along the Red Trail from the parking area. A pretty […]
- Hiking into Christmas (12/25/2011) - One of the delights of the Florida Trail is that it passes through Christmas, Florida, a beloved stop for postmarks during this holiday season and cheery all year round, with pine trees decorated in Christmas cheer and chainsaw carvings of old St. Nick. It’s been more than a decade since I hiked the FT through […]
- Spiderwebs and fog (12/15/2011) - On a cool, crisp morning in Central Florida, fog billows in long streamers across rural landscapes, rising from tiny streams, cypress swamps, and broad canals. It's time to visit Pine Lily Preserve in the mist.
- Hiking in Moonshadows (12/12/2011) - In early December, the moon draws its closest to Earth during the perigee of its erratic orbit. Here in the communities between Orlando and Cocoa Beach, we know what the moon means to dreamers and doers, to putting men and women in orbit and reaching for the stars. So it’s no surprise to find a […]
- Moon Shot (6/21/2010) - I lucked into this daylight shot in Titusville at Dicerandra Scrub Preserve, no tripod. Perhaps the stars were in alignment?