Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is made up of a patchwork of small tracts of land on the barrier islands between Melbourne Beach and Sebastian. Many of these public lands are managed by other government agencies. Those beaches and preserves that are also a part of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge are listed below, as are refuge programs and articles about the refuge.
Address: 8385 South US Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach
Land Manager: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Near the center of the refuge, the Barrier Island Center on Melbourne Beach serves as a gateway and introduction to the refuge and its purpose. It is open from 9 AM to 5 PM from Sunday through Saturday each week. This is the best place to learn about the many pieces of the refuge.
You can find out about sea turtle walks here, and about Archie Carr himself, a noted professor of zoology with a love of herpetology and a concern for conserving Florida’s native species. He taught at the University of Florida and wrote many books, of which A Naturalist in Florida remains our personal favorite.
From Melbourne, cross the Intracoastal Waterway on US 192 to Indialantic and follow A1A south, passing through Melbourne Beach and Floridana Beach. The Barrier Island Center sits 4.5 miles south of Maritime Hammock Sanctuary, on the ocean side of A1A.
Home to a gentle 1-mile loop hike through coastal habitats, Barrier Island Sanctuary is a gateway to Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, with an informative oceanfront coastal biology center.
Call it the Ocean-to-Lagoon Hike: this 1 mile loop through one of Brevard County’s most diverse natural lands connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon in Melbourne Beach
On a 2.8-mile loop trail, Maritime Hammock Sanctuary showcases maritime, or coastal hammock, marshlands, and mangroves along the Indian River Lagoon