Discovery Trail

Travel through time during this short hike along an interpretive trail..

Discovery Trail

Merritt Island, Florida 32953, United States

Created By: Corianne Conway

Tour Information

The interpretive trail is a paved ADA accesible trail that travels through time to explore the natural histroy of Pine Island. Your tour will start at the Sams Family Pioneer Homestead. You will then go back in time to when there were giant animals roaming Florida. Then travel forward to meet the first people that lived in Florida. Your hike ends at the Native American burial mound that has been onsite for over 4,000 years.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Sams House and Cabin

The Sams Family Cabin was built in 1875 south of Merritt Island in Eau Gallie. The family originally settled there but decided to move north after trying and failing to successfully grow oranges in the arid sandy soil of Eau Gallie. In 1878... Read more
Megafauna Ice Age Exhibit

Megafauna, or giant animals, roamed most of Florida. During the Ice Age, Florida was a large flat grassland. Much of the world's water was tied up in glaciers which lowered sea levels and exposed more land. More land means that there was mo... Read more
Native American Exhibit

Native Americans were the first peoples that intergrated their lifestyles with the harsh Florida environment. They were also the only humans to interact with megafauna. These groups of Native Americans relied heavily on the Indian River L... Read more
The Sams Family Grove

In the 1800's when the Sams Family settled in Merritt Island there were very few places to get food, many of which were hours away by boat. The Sams family needed to grow food to sustain and feed the family but they also grew fruits and sug... Read more
Native American Burial Mound

The Native American Burial Mound was created by Natives 4,000 years ago. This is sacred ground that is protected by the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act. It is amazing that this has survived to present time as many pion... Read more


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