Bikepaths and Greenways
Space Coast North
Click on name of property to go to the official website for that property.
These sites all have improved biking and walking surfaces for either ease of walking, wheelchair use, provide access to otherwise inaccessible habitats, or to protect sensitive environments and vegetation.
Mainland
Chain of Lakes
Snowy Egret Drive, Titusville
Parks Referendum Project
FROM I-95, take SR-46 Exit 223 toward Mims, and go east on W. Main Street (FL-46) 1.5 miles. Turn RIGHT onto US Hwy 1, go 1.5 miles then left on Jay Jay Road. The entrance to Snowy Egret Drive is on the right.
FROM US Hwy 1, turn east onto E. Jay Jay Rd (.3 miles north of Dairy Rd or .5 miles south of Parrish Rd). The entrance to Snowy Egret Drive is on the right.
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark.
Chain of Lakes is a regional stormwater park and athletic facility, containing soccer fields and softball fields. Of interest to birders is a walking trail that completely encircles a large serpentine stormwater retention lake east of the fields. Along much of the eastern shoreline the trail is just off the shore of the lake, allowing a view of waterfowl, wading birds, gulls, terns, and osprey. To the east of the trail at this point is a series of restored salt marshes that are designed to treat stormwater from the lake as it enters the lagoon. There is also an observation tower that allows a panoramic view of the marshes, the park, and the Indian River Lagoon. As the trail extends around the northern tip of the lake it enters a series of restored freshwater swamps, that have been engineered to provide treatment for the stormwater before entering the lake. As the trail travels through these forested wetlands look for many different species of migrant songbirds among the trees.
GPs 28.643067,-80.82736
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Sand Point Park;
101 N Washington Avenue, Titusville
Parks Referendum Project
FROM I-95 take SR-406 Exit-220 and go east 2.8 miles on Garden Street, turn left on US Hwy 1, the park entrance is on the right.
FROM US Hwy 1 at SR-50 go north on US Hwy 1, 4.1 miles just past Garden Street. The entrance is on the right.
Follow the main entrance road towards the lagoon and veer to the left to the last parking circle. Scan the lagoon for osprey, pelican, gulls, terns, and other waterfowl, the shoreline rocks for small shorebirds, and the water near the rocks and in the marina basin for manatee. A multi-use trail loops through the park and connects to the entrance of the Titusville Municiple Marina next door.
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark, except for scheduled use.
ADA ACCESSIBLE: Parking, Restrooms, Blacktop Walkway
GPS N 28 37.045 W 80 48.412
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Fox Lake Park
4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville
Fox Lake Park is a 37 acre recreational park with picnic facilities, vollyball courts, a large pavillion with a stage, a boat ramp and fishing dock on Fox lake. (My largest largemouth bass I ever caught came while fishing right off this dock, 7.5 lbs.) It is also the home of the Fox Lake Bluegrass Festival as well as several other festivals throughout the year.
Other than the park, the shoreline around the lake is in it's natural state so many species of wading birds and other wildlife can be viewed from the park. The trails are actually two one way roadways forming two loops within the park and the slow speed limits make them popular for bicyclists. The outer loop follows the shoreline of the lake until it reaches the boat ramp, then goes past a pond next to the caretakers house. The inner loop winds through onamental trees and pines, then meets the outer loop next to the boat ramp.
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N 28 35.271 W 80 52.385
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Titusville Wellfields Trail
The Titusville Wellfields Trail is a multiuse trail of about 2 miles in length that winds through the City of Titusville's South Area Wellfields, which are situated within 300 acres of mature scrubby forest. The trail is open to bicycle, wheelchair and pedestrian use. The South Area Wellfields are adjacent to the Dicerandra Sanctuary and are home to the largest single population of Dicerandra Thinicola or Titusville Mint, a plant species that grows in very limited areas of Northern Brevard County and nowhere else in the world. The Area around the wellfields trail is also home the gopher tortoise, indigo snakes, bobcat, raptors, songbirds, turkey, gray fox, and many other species. To access the wellfields trail, park at Wuesthoff Park across Barna Avenue, and pick up the trail there. It then crosses Barna and enters the wellfields next to the City Fire Department.
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N 28 33.334 W 80 49.345
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North Merritt Island
Mitchell Ellington Park
575 W Hall Rd Merritt Island FL 32953
FROM US Hwy 1, take SR-528 east 2.7 miles, turn left onto Courtenay Parkway (SR-3) and go 1.8 miles. Turn left on Hall Road. The park site is on the left.
Mitchell Ellington Park is a 114 acre park that features athletic fields and a playground. However there are wetlands on the north section, wetlands and woods on the east and west as well as two ponds in the center of the park that provide chances to see song birds, deer, waterfowl, alligators, raccoons, squirrels and many other species. These areas are connected by an ADA Accessible Pedway allowing a chance for the mobility challenged to enjoy some of the area wildlife.
ADA ACCESSIBLE: Parking, Pedway, Restrooms, Pavilions, Playground.
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N 28 25.922 W 80 42.761
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Kings Park
995 Chase Hammock Road, Merritt Island
FROM US Hwy 1, take SR-528 east 2.7 miles, turn left onto Courtenay Parkway (SR-3) and go 3.1 miles. Turn right and go 0.9 miles on Chase Hammock.
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark.
This is a 240 acre park with a manmade freshwater lake and a myriad of creeks and smaller brackish ponds that make for a very interesting birding and wildlife area, especially with the addition of the multiuse trail on the property, which runs along one of the creeks. There are also several rustic hiking trails through the park for some off the beaten path hiking. Look for wading birds and other waterfowl along the creeks and backwaters, and migratory songbirds and raptors in the wooded sections.
GPs N 28 26.840 W 80 41.690
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