Horseback riding, biking and walking on miles of trails are popular
ways to explore this preserve in Brevard and Indian River counties.
The St. Sebastian River forms the site's eastern boundary; Canal
C-54 bisects it. Open pine flatwoods, seasonal wetlands, hardwood
swamp, sandhill and scrubby flatwoods are the dominant habitats
In the winter, manatees congregate at the spillway of canal C-54.
View them from the viewing platform at the spillway or from the
canal levee. The seasonal wetlands host sandhill cranes, wood
storks and roseate spoonbills. Bald eagles nest on the property and
kestrels and loggerhead strikes are regularly spotted. The sandhill
area supports Florida scrub-jays, while Bachman's sparrows,
bluebirds and endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers may be seen in
the pine flatwoods. Watch for white-tailed deer, turkeys and
bobcats along the roads or forest edges near dawn and dusk. Check
the hammock areas for migratory songbirds.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
From I-95, take Exit 70B (Malabar Road or SR 514) north of Vero
Beach and go east to Babcock St. (CR 507). Travel 11.5 miles south
to Buffer Preserve Drive, on the left, just north of the C-54
canal. Turn east and follow signs to Visitor Center and hiking
trailhead. Entrance to the southern end of the site is off of
Fellsmere Road (CR 512), 1.8 miles east of the I-95
Central Florida Wildlife Sites