12/7/17 UPDATE: A hiker reported being injured by an aggressive bull along this trail. A cattle lease is in place on this piece of public land.
Covering more than 6,700 acres of marshlands surrounding the meandering flow of the St. Johns River between Christmas and Titusville, Canaveral Marshes Conservation Area surrounds more than 20 miles of the river’s shoreline.
Length: Up to 5 miles
Fees / Permits: free
Bug factor: moderate to extreme
Open dawn to dusk. Trails are shared with off-road cyclists and equestrians.
From I-95 exit 215, Titusville, drive 2.8 miles west on SR 50 to the conservation area entrance on the left, just before the bridge over the St. Johns River. The low sign is easy to miss. The Great Outdoors RV Park no longer allows access to the loop portion of the trail.
You’ll hear the buzz of airboats nearby while walking the trail system, which primarily follows dikes through the preserve, offering excellent birding and scenic views. The preserve is bisected by the Addison Canal, built in the early 1900s and also visible at Enchanted Forest Sanctuary to the east.