Anchored around the Homer Powell Nature Center, honoring a Scoutmaster that was one of John’s mentors in the 1970s, the primary focus of Wuesthoff Park is hiking, biking, and picnicking.
While only 25 acres, it offers a surprising amount of habitat diversity, capturing a slice of what Titusville looked like before Kennedy Space Center kicked the first housing boom into high gear.
Ancient live oaks shade the expansive parking area. A boardwalk guides you through a willow and red maple marsh. A loop trail tunnels through palm and oak hammocks.
Bisecting the park from vehicle entrance to a pedestrian exit into a neighborhood, the Wuesthoff Trail offers accessible access as well as fitness stations within the park, and a significant ramble within the City of Titusville wellfields nearby.
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Length: 1.3 miles loop and round-trip
Trailhead: 28.555974, -80.825086
Address: 2000 Wuesthoff St, Titusville
Restroom: Adjoining the Homer Powell Nature Center
Land manager: Brevard County
Open dawn to dusk except during special scheduled after-hours activities. No pets. Expect mosquitoes along the loop trail and plan accordingly.
The above mileage pertains only to the trails within Wuesthoff Park. The Wuesthoff Trail, also known as the City of Titusville Multi-Use Trail, extends 1.6 miles linear from the park entrance along a greenway east of Barna Avenue.
From the Interstate 95 interchange for SR 50 in Titusville, follow SR 50 east for 1.5 miles to Barna Ave. Turn right at the light and continue past the bank and apartment complex to the first road on the right, Wuestoff St. Follow that road to where it terminates in the parking lot for Wuestoff Park.
From the parking area, follow the paved Wuesthoff Trail through the gap in the gate and into the park, towards the curve in the distance.
This segment of the Wuesthoff Trail arcs through the open space of Wuesthoff Park and is adjoined by a series of exercise stations that make up a fitness trail.
Within 200 feet, a boardwalk leads left to the Homer Powell Nature Center and restrooms.
Follow it, as it also provides the most direct access to the nature trail that starts with the willow marsh boardwalk.
While a short arc, the boardwalk shows off an open expanse of wetland on the left where swamp sunflowers flourish in early fall.
It is similar in character to nearby Windover bog, an archaelogical site where bodies buried under a layer of peat were carbon dated to over 7,000 years old.
The boardwalk curves right into a dense herbaceous marsh. Primrose willow and red maples catch your attention at eye level, with ferns at water level.
Ending within the enveloping fronds of a palm hammock, the boardwalk provides access to the natural footpath.
Follow the straightaway up a sandy ridge between the palms to a trail junction. Keep left.
The trail winds beneath the palm canopy, with an obvious dropoff into a basin to the left before the trail sweeps uphill.
Passing beneath a massive live oak, notice the transition with elevation. The upper canopy is defined by oaks, the forest floor lush with ferns.
At a sweeping curve to the right, the trail climbs a slight rise into mounds of grapevines, the downhill beyond leading into a hardwood hammock.
Reaching the main nature trail at an undefined T intersection, you have two options. To the left, the trail rises into a pine and oak forest.
The forest has a large clearing. John recalls camping here with his Scout troop as a kid. The path leads out to Worth Ave in the Highlands neighborhood.
To the right, the trail makes a loop back to the junction. Follow this route and you’ll discover more ancient live oaks towering over the forest.
A wooden bench is on the left soon before the trail immerses in the palm hammock and reaches the junction.
Backtrack down the straightaway and along the boardwalk through the marsh, emerging within sight of the nature center.
To add more walking, head upslope straight ahead past the picnic tables to the paved Wuestoff Trail.
Take it to the left, and it, too, ends at the Highlands neighborhood.
Find the natural trail to the left to return, or follow the paved path back to the nature center and out to the parking area.
Learn about the Wuesthoff Trail, a ridge walk which you can access from the Wuesthoff Park trailhead.
See our photos from Wuesthoff Park
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