Along Black Point Wildlife Drive, Wild Birds Unlimited Path offers a stop for a short, simple walk with breathtaking views.
It link 2 bird observation platforms on the marshes, ideal for birders and photographers. While not paved, the surface is firm and works well for slow walkers.
Start of the path
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Bikes are not allowed on the path. Because of the big number of alligators here, pets arent a great idea. Stay twenty feet far from any alligators you see.
In addition to your hiking time, plan an hour minimum to drive around Black Point Wildlife Drive to access the trailhead.
Place: TitusvilleLength: 0.5 mile loopTrailhead: 28.655817, -80.777273 Fees: Included in Black Point Wildlife Drive, $10 per vehicle or $2 per bicycleRestroom: Portable toilet at trailhead 1.5 miles further along Wildlife DriveLand supervisor: Merritt Island NWRPhone: 321-861-0669
Open dawn to dusk. A National Parks Pass, Duck Stamp, or Federal Public Lands Pass covers your parking cost.
Built with slatted sides however no roofing system, its a bird blind visible, with a spotting scope.
The second observation platform neglects a more intimate scene of 2 little coves surrounded by mangroves. When the tide is low, youll see lots of wading birds working their method through the shallows.
The first observation platform.
The trail is a gravel course on a levee.
Take the side trail back to the primary levee. Follow it back past the first bird blind to the parking location for a 0.5-mile big salami.
From Interstate 95 exit 220, Titusville, follow SR 406 east for 8 miles to cross the Max Brewer Bridge and the causeway to Merritt Island. Drive a little under 2 miles along the 7 mile one-way dirt road to get to the trailhead.
If you didnt bring field glasses, the spotting scope will assist you see the roseate spoonbills that frequently congregate in coves on the far coast.
The 2nd observation platform.
Back on the levee, continue walking along it, expecting activity in both the open water and the mangrove marshes.
Watch on the wildflowers that line the path, as youll see lots of butterflies throughout them.
From the parking lot, stroll back along Wildlife Drive to access the trailhead. The quarter-mile hardpacked levee enables a gentle stroll.
Looking north over the impoundment.
Scan the impoundments for birds in the denser marshes to the east as you stroll down to the first observation platform.
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Black Point Wildlife DriveWinding along a narrow dirt road, Black Point Wildlife Drive offers from-your-car birding in the marshes and tidal flat of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Merritt Island National Wildlife RefugeWith leisure activities varying from hiking to cycling, boating, fishing, and bioluminscent kayaking, Floridas leading destination for birding is likewise home to Kennedy Space Center.
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From Interstate 95 exit 220, Titusville, follow SR 406 east for 8 miles to cross the Max Brewer Bridge and the causeway to Merritt Island. Drive a little under 2 miles along the 7 mile one-way dirt roadway to get to the trailhead.
Bikes are not permitted on the path. Animals arent a good idea due to the fact that of the large number of alligators here. Stay twenty feet away from any alligators you see.