Backcountry Camping
Land Access
Space Coast South
Note; The sites listed below feature opportunities for primitve backcountry camping in a remote, wilderness setting. Facilities and or Utilities at these campsites will either be very limited or non existent and you are responsible for your own well being. All food, water, and other neccesities must be self provided and all trash packed out.
 
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St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park; (Hiking Biking Equestrian access)
At 21,748 acres most of this property is jointly owned with the State of Florida and is located in Brevard and Indian River Counties.
Access:
From I-95, take exit 73 and go east on Malabar Road (State Road 514). Turn south onto Babcock Road (County Road 507), travel 11.5 miles and turn east onto Buffer Preserve Drive. The south entrance is off Fellsmere Road (CR 512), 1.8 miles east of I-95.
This site preserves open grassy forests of longleaf pine that were once commonplace throughout Florida. The pine flatwoods form a backdrop for other biological communities, including cypress domes, scrubby flatwoods, sandhills, and a beautiful strand swamp. These habitats are home to many native plants and animals, including over 50 protected species. Photographers, bird-watchers, and nature enthusiasts can explore miles of trails on foot, bicycle, or horseback. Also in the preserve where the C-54 Canal meets with the St. Sebastain River, West Indian manatees can be see congregating. The preserve is divided into four sections with the north and south sections divided by the C-54 Canal and east and west bisected by I-95. They are known as the Northwest Preserve, Northeast Preserve, Southeast Preserve, and the Southwest Preserve. The Northeast Preserve is home to the Green Trail loop (9.0 miles) but has no designated campsites. The Northeast Preserve is home to the Yellow Trail (9.7 miles and has two camps, the Storytelling Camp and the Pine Camp. The Southeast Preserve is home to the Blue Trail (10 miles) and has 3 camps, the Deer Camp, the Tree Frog Camp, and the Mullet Camp. The Southwest Preserve is home to the Red Trail (14 miles) and has one camp, the Eagle Camp.
For information about the Visitors Center or Camping, please call 321.953.5004.
State Parks Map
SJRWMD Website
Property Map

GPS N 27 49.479 W 80 36.401
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Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area(Hiking Access only to Camps)
This area contains a mosaic of wetland and upland communities. The marsh area represents the southernmost reach of the St. Johns River’s headwaters. The area was acquired as part of the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project, undertaken jointly by the District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The diversity of plant communities has been shaped by both people and nature. Natural communities include dry prairie, pine flatwoods, hardwood swamp and freshwater marsh. The diverse habitats support Florida sandhill cranes, wood storks, caracara, bald eagles, deer, turkey and a large population of feral hogs.
There are two hiking only loops on the Hog Island portion of the property. The white loop is .6 miles and the Yellow Loop is 1.2 miles with two connecting trails between the two loops. Each loop has a backcountry campsite within the loop.
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Trail Map
GPS N 27 38.444 W 80 46.016
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