Blue Trail

A trail through the oak hammock to the Indian River Lagoon.

Blue Trail

Merritt Island, Florida 32953, United States

Created By: Corianne Conway

Tour Information

Take the first part of the white loop trail to get to the blue trail. The blue trail starts in the oak hammok and continues through mangroves to the Indian River Lagoon.


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What You'll See on the Tour

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White Loop Trail Head

The blue trail connects to the white loop on the south side.  Begin your hike on the white loop and travel south towards the Indian River Lagoon. The first half of the hike travels thorugh an oak hammok. You can see many plants and animals... Read more
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Wetland

At this point the white loop trail travels across low lying land. The land here gently slopes downward slowly loosing elevation until collecting in the wetland. Depending on the time of year this area can have high standing water or be very... Read more
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White trail continued

At this point the white trail begins it's loop. Go to the left to reach the trail head for the blue trail. While following this path the white trail slowly travels gains elevation as it becomes drier. 
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Hole on right side of trail

On the right side of the trail there is a round hole. On closer inspection you will notice that this is actually a hollowed out palm tree trunk, note the fiberous appearance of the outer walls. This hole was left behind from palm tree that ... Read more
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Blue trail head

From the head of the blue trail the lagoon is about an 8 minute walk to the lagoon. This trail travels out of the main oak hammok and into a more coastal habitat of mangroves.
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Blue trail Continued

At this point you are well into the coastal habitat and can see mangroves on both sides of the trail. There are three types of mangroves in Florida; the red mangrove, black mangrove, and white mangrove. Mangroves are salt tolerant trees tha... Read more
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Indian River Lagoon

The Indian River Lagoon is a brackish water estuary that connects fresh water rivers to the salt water ocean. This is one of the most diverse areas of Florida and is home to more then 43,000 species. This area of the lagoon is home to many ... Read more

 

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