Vero Vine Top 9 Nature Walks

Osprey Acres Preserve

The dual-purpose sanctuary serves as a water treatment area for the Indian River Lagoon and a recreational resource to the public for the purpose of hiking, jogging, bird-watching,  and other nature-loving intents. There are nearly four miles of dedicated hiking trails to enjoy.

Captain Forster Hammock Preserve

The Preserve contains maritime hammock, coastal strand and wetland plant communities. It borders Jungle Trail, a State designated greenway and a byway of the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Highway. The Preserve contains one of the largest remaining coastal maritime hammocks on Orchid Island. Self-guided walks are a great way to see a remnant of “old Florida.” Trails are easy walking and are open from 8 am until sunset.

Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area

Take a walk through 298 acres of undeveloped mature coastal hammock, scrubby flatwoods and estuarine wetlands. Lush tropical hammocks, great birding, and a dash of history along the mangrove-edged waters of the Indian River Lagoon make Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area a diverse and interesting place to explore. 

Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area

This conservation area contains a mosaic of wetland and upland communities, with the marsh area representing the southernmost reach of the St. Johns River’s headwaters. Overall, the conservation area features about 5 miles of trails. In addition, visitors and land managers alike talk about the fantastic hiking through the mixed hardwood and palm hammocks on Hog Island.

Lagoon Greenway

The Lagoon Greenway is an easy home three-mile walking, jogging and biking trail near Vero Beach, Florida. Is planned as part of a larger greenway system in Brevard and Indian River Counties, Florida. This trail traverses through the mangrove swamps and lagoons with views of the beach and nearby island. It has several rest stops and is relatively easy and flat.

Environmental Learning Center

ELC is a nature center ready for your discovery. 64-acres. On an island in the Indian Rive Lagoon, north of Vero Beach, FL. Discovery Station w/ aquariums and exhibits. Stroll boardwalks. Gift shop. Boating, canoeing, hikes.

Round Island Riverside Park

Round Island Riverside Park offers amenities including boat ramp & boat parking, children’s playground, two picnic pavilions, canoe launch, walking trails, and an observation tower.

McKee Botanical Garden

McKee Botanical Garden is known for its 18-acre subtropical jungle hammock, filled with plants appropriate for horticultural growing zone 9B. This dense and diverse collection also features several restored architectural treasures.

Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail

The property contains oak trees, scrub forest, mangrove swamp, and beautiful views of the Indian River Lagoon. 

The one-mile trail comprises a half-mile walk through an open canopy scrub habitat and oak forest to the mangroves. A half-mile loop walk on an impoundment trail includes a boardwalk through the mangroves with a dock that extends into the lagoon with a bench. 

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