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Whether paddling or hiking, expect outstanding scenery and wildlife viewing.

 

Bicycling and Hiking

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To protect the area’s sensitive resources, few formal trails have been developed. However, a new, unmarked trail loop follows a closed county road through mangroves and rockland hammock habitats, both good for a variety of birds, as well as Key deer and Lower Keys marsh rabbit. From the Overseas Highway, turn onto Sugarloaf Boulevard at MM17 and travel two miles to the stop sign (intersection of Sugarloaf Blvd. and CR 939A). Vehicles may park along the left side of the road. The trail starts beyond the gate and is suitable for hiking and bicycling. To access a particularly scenic spot on the water with covered picnic tables and a paddling hand launch, turn right at the stop sign on Sugarloaf Blvd. and go 2.5 miles on CR 939A to Sammy Creek Landing, located on the left. The gate is locked 24/7, but the site is open. Park along the road.

Paddling

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The Florida Keys is a paradise for paddlers. Plan long or short excursions along the Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail External Website, a part of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. Boat launch sites are located along the trail. Paddlers can park along the road at Sammy Creek Landing and hand launch a kayak or canoe. This scenic rest stop for non-motorized boats is located off of CR 939A on Lower Sugarloaf Key, about 4.5 miles from the Overseas Highway. Enjoy covered picnic tables and great views. The gate is locked 24/7, but the site is open. Park along the road.



Wildlife Viewing

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Trails pass through habitats that are excellent places for mangrove cuckoos and wading birds. At the Sammy Creek Landing rest stop/picnic area on Lower Sugarloaf Key, restored native vegetation attracts numerous butterflies. Paddlers exploring nearby coastal habitats will find abundant bird life in marshes, mangroves and exposed mudflats. The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail External Website showcases excellent wildlife viewing sites throughout the Florida Keys.

 

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The roseate spoonbill feeds by sweeping its unusually-shaped bill through the water, moving its head from side to side. When prey touches the sensitive bill , the bird quickly grasps it.

 



FWC Facts:
The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival has an annual economic impact of $557,500 to $562,500 for Brevard County.

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