Florida's Space Coast is known for its beautiful views of the ocean and beaches. You can stop to admire water birds, mangrove trees, sea turtles, and various other creatures. One of the best ways to see the Space Coast is by hiking. Luckily, there is no shortage of hiking trails for every skill level. Here are a few of the top trails our real estate agents recommend exploring.
- Smyrna Dunes Park: 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
If you want a shorter or easier hike near New Smyrna Beach homes for sale, then Smyrna Dunes Park is a great place to visit. There is a 2.4-mile trail that loops around the park. Part of the trail is paved, and other parts are raised boardwalks. As you walk, you'll see palmetto trees, gopher tortoises, and some incredible dunes. There's also an observation tower you can climb for an incredible view of the Ponce Inlet.
Smyrna Dunes Park is open from 6 am - 9 pm in the summer. There is a $10 fee to park in the lot.
- Erna Nixon Park: 1200 Evans Rd., West Melbourne, FL 32904
Erna Nixon Park is a relatively small local park near West Melbourne homes for sale. However, it has an 0.8-mile hiking path that offers some great views. The path is mostly a boardwalk and is nicely shaded by trees, making this a good place to walk on hot days. There are markers and plaques along the trail to tell you more about the plants and animals you spot.
Erna Nixon Park also has its own butterfly garden, which is worth seeing when you're finished hiking. The park is open from 7 am - 7 pm in the summer.
- Lake Proctor Wilderness Area: Harrison Rd. and Route 46, Geneva, FL 32732
Lake Proctor Wilderness Area is a good place to go if you're looking for a longer hike near Geneva homes for sale. There are about 6 miles of trails stretching through this 475-acre preserve. If you walk the whole trail system, you'll pass through several different types of habitats, including pine forests and swamplands.
The Lake Proctor Wilderness area is well-populated by deer, red fox, and ducks.
- Canaveral National Seashore: 6711 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
The Canaveral National Seashore is the longest undeveloped stretch of beach in Florida. As you walk along the seashore here, you'll see incredible sand dunes and lagoons where unique fish and plants live.
There are several hiking trails along the Canaveral National Seashore. The Castle Windy Trail is the most common route, leading from Beach Parking Area #3 to Mosquito Lagoon. (As the name suggests, you want to wear bug spray when hiking here.)
- Spring Hammock Preserve: 2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood, FL 32750
The Spring Hammock Preserve is one of the biggest preserves along the Space Coast. There are about 5 miles of trails stretching through the preserve that's close to several Longwood homes for sale. They traverse through floodplains, hardwood forests, and a few sections of pine forest.
If you love hiking, we highly recommend visiting some of these trails in the coming months. You can hike a half-mile, or you can hike 5 miles — whatever suits your mood. Contact us if you're new to the area and still looking for a place to call home.