Welcome to the by state law. You may also find Sky Blue Lupine
blooming in the late winter and early spring on
Endangered species. It is
very hard to find except when 9 HIDEAWAY HILL - Difficult
North Sebastian this trail. blooming because
resembles a small scrub oak
it This trail takes adventurers next to a freshwater
wetland and up the ancient coastal ridge.
Conservation Area! 3 JAYS WALK -
seedling (photo right). Inhabitants of this area include Osprey, Red-
Tailed Hawks, and many songbirds. Keep an
The North Sebastian Conservation Area was
purchased by Indian River County in 1996 with The Jays Walk is 5 REINDEER RIDGE - Moderately Difficult eye open for Bobcat, Raccoon, Opossum and
cost-share funds from the Florida Communities Trust. an area where This trail is a beautiful walk through a variety of other tracks from creatures who ventured
platted roads for a habitats including Rosemary Scrub and a through the previous night. This trail is sandy,
The habitats throughout the Conservation Area subdivision were freshwater wetland at the north end. The trail may have trip hazards and is relatively steep,
provide visitors many opportunities to see a installed. (nesting winds up a coastal ridge remnant, visitors will please watch your step.
diverse array of plant and animal species. Trails jay photo right) This area is an easy walk within encounter a variety of plant species including
are rated by difficulty and distance to the xeric oak scrub and is home to a family of scrub coral bean and scrub hickory. Look for nesting 10 OSPREY HIDEAWAY - Difficult
trailhead. As always, please use caution when jays. Some of these jays are “banded”, so if you osprey and foraging tortoises. Osprey Hideaway runs along the top of an
visiting the conservation area. You may see them, you may notice that some of the ancient dune line. The trail is adjacent to the
encounter poisonous snakes, feral hogs, family members have "bracelets" on their legs. 6 HOLLY’S HOLLOW – Moderately Difficult Florida East Coast Railroad. The area is full of
alligators and poisonous plants. Sturdy walking These bands are placed in a sequence that is This trail has a beautiful boardwalk that takes Scrub Hickory and other scrub endemic species.
shoes and a supply of drinking water are a must unique to each bird. The Jays Walk Trail gives visitors through a native holly area surrounded Watch for Osprey nests and gopher tortoises,
for a long hike. Also remember that ALL plants visitors a glimpse of prime Xeric Oak Scrub by a freshwater marsh and scrub. When on the they abound in this area. FUN FACT: Osprey can be
and animals on the conservation area are inhabited by many species that are becoming boardwalk, visitors get a unique view of the distinguished from Bald Eagles by having a white belly and a
protected. Taking, harassing or otherwise black stripe along their eye. Adult Bald Eagles have a black
increasingly rare. Some of these species such scrub to the south, distant pine flatwoods and a
belly, an all white tail and all white head and neck, with no
disturbing any plant or animal on site is strictly as the Florida Scrub Jay are restricted to beautiful holly filled wetland. This is a special back stripe on their eye. They are also larger than an
prohibited and is enforced. There are many Florida's unique scrub habitat and are not found treat in the winter months when the holly is Osprey. Osprey feed primarily on fish.
state and federally protected animals and plants anywhere else in the world! Xeric Oak Scrub is laden with bright red berries that the migrating
on site and harassment of any kind will not be composed primarily of Chapman's Oak, Scrub songbirds adore. 11 TERRITORY TRAIL – Moderately Difficult
tolerated. Oak and Myrtle Oak. While these trees can get This trail runs through an edge of scrub and saw
taller, in optimal scrub-jay habitat, they should 7 MALLARD’S MARK – palmetto. It is occupied by a family of scrub jays
1 SEBASTIAN TRAIL - Easy be no taller than 6' high. This area was Moderately Difficult and sometimes one may see two families
The trailhead begins in an area successfully burned with assistance from the This trail crosses the central disagreeing over territorial boundaries,
adjacent to a freshwater lake with Florida Division of Forestry. Prior to the wetland by way of a 200 foot especially during the spring months. This trail is
a perimeter of Pine Flatwoods. prescribed burn, there were no scrub jays using boardwalk with observation a beautiful trail that you won’t want to miss.
Great Blue Herons and other this area; a true sign of success was when the deck. Be sure to visit this area
wading birds are typically aloft in current family of jays moved in and began where ducks, cranes, wood 12 POWERLINE ROAD - Easy
the Sand Pines or on the Lake's defending and nesting in this area. This family storks (photo left), wading birds (to water's edge)
edge. Osprey and otters may be encountered of jays is relatively tame, but please stay on the and other wildlife abound in the freshwater Although you may not be able to
searching for their lunch as well. This is a shady trails and respect their home. marsh that lies centrally within the conservation cross the Powerline Road trail, it
area perfect for a picnic or outdoor classroom area. The wetland dries periodically throughout is certainly worth walking to the
activities. Two picnic tables are located here. 4 CACTUS CAUSEWAY - the year and provides a feeding area for many water's edge. This area is full of
Moderately Difficult wildlife species. This area is a must see any pond lilies, St. Johns Wort and
2 BROMELIAD BOULEVARD - Easy Walking through the Cactus time of the year! other freshwater species. The
This trail takes visitors from the trailhead Causeway, visitors will see wetland is typically 3-4 feet deep
entrance through Pine Flatwoods that surrounds an exceptional scrub area 8 ROSELAND TRAIL – Easy and makes a perfect feeding spot for herons
the freshwater lake. Be sure to keep an eye restored by timbering. The This trail ends (or begins) at 130th Street and (Great Blue Heron photo to left), egrets and
open for Pileated and Red- entire conservation area was may be used by Roseland residents for access ducks. If you are lucky, you may even find
bellied Woodpeckers and other timbered in 2001. There are to the conservation area. The trail gives visitors Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks and Sandhill
songbirds. This area is typically remnant piles of logging an opportunity to see scrub jays, gopher Cranes in this area.
quiet and shady and the debris left for a future prescribed burn. This tortoises, osprey and restored scrub.
northern edge of the trail begins area is a wonderful example of high quality 13 PALMETTO PATH - Difficult
to transition into Rosemary Scrub. The trees are scrub habitat. Also in this area, Curtiss' Palmetto Path is a difficult trail that runs on the
laden with bromeliads, all of which are protected Milkweed was discovered in 2005, a State listed outer boundary of the conservation area. This
area is home to a family of scrub jays and many
trail may not be passable during the summer
months due to deep water. • Trail conditions are rustic: be prepared for uneven NORTH SEBASTIAN
ground, exposed tree roots and primitive
14 GOPHER’S GALLEY – Moderately Difficult 18 THE OUTERBANKS – Difficult • Bicyclist are welcome, but please use caution on
The footpath of this trail is relatively easy to This trail is a multi-use trail for horses, bicyclists the trails and be cautious of other visitors.
traverse, but does take visitors further from the and hikers. Use caution, as trails may be • Horses are welcome, please stay on designated
trails and be cautious of other users. Horses are
trailhead. This area is a beautiful area of native hazardous. This trail is the longest and runs not allowed on the boardwalks.
grasses, sedges and rushes and when in full along the outer edge of the Conservation Area. • You may encounter bees, poison ivy, alligators,
bloom, you will encounter a beautiful array of Users will traverse an array of habitats including rattlesnakes or other dangerous wildlife, please use
yellow bachelor buttons, white hat pins, and Hydric and Mesic Pine Flatwoods, freshwater caution and don’t feed the wildlife.
other native wildflowers. This area seems to be wetlands and scrub. • Taking of any plant or animal is strictly prohibited.
• Motorized vehicles of any kind (including boats) are
a favorite spot for our strictly prohibited.
Gopher Tortoises TRAIL DEFINITIONS: • Please report damages or violations to the
(photo right) who Easy Trails (white on map) are easier to traverse, conservation lands manager or Sebastian Police
relish the abundant receive more maintenance to remove trip hazards, Department immediately.
have accessible boardwalks and are relatively close • Bringing wildlife to the conservation area is strictly
variety of vegetation to the trailhead. Equestrian users are discouraged prohibited. Please contact the conservation lands
they can eat. This from using these trails frequently. Trails 1, 2 & 3 are manager if you are concerned about native wildlife.
trail may be wet approximately 1mile round trip from the Friendship • Please be respectful of the area, this is home to
during parts of the year. Park Trailhead. many species of animals and plants.
Moderately Difficult Trails may be sandy or wet,
15 PRAIRIE PATH – Moderate to Difficult have uneven surfaces and may have objects, roots or TAKE ONLY PICTURES,
Prairie Path is a beautiful trail that takes visitors other trip hazards. LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS
through a freshwater wet prairie full of Bachelor Difficult Trails are furthest from the trailhead, receive DESTROY NOTHING and
Buttons, Bog Buttons, Road Grass, Hollies and less maintenance, may be wet throughout parts of the ENJOY EVERYTHING!
year and are more difficult to
other wetlands species. Just after or during a
rain, you will hear a chorus of native frogs
traverse. Trail markers are This project was partially funded by the Land &
also spaced further apart. Water Conservation Fund through the U.S.
singing their love songs to attract a mate. This Trails may also be less distinct
path may become significantly wet. When the and are narrower. Before Department of Interior and the Florida
trail crosses 14, you will enter an area to the venturing onto these trails Department of Environmental Protection.
north that is full of native holly, bay and oaks. make sure you have plenty of
water and a first aid kit.
16 LITTLE LOOP – Moderate to Difficult Equestrian users are
Due to the distance to the trailhead, encouraged to use these trails.
this trail is rated as moderate to Trails that are color coded in
difficult. A trek through this area will Gray are connector trails that
take you through a Pine Flatwoods may be used for variety.
full of Sand Pine, Saw Palmetto, Special Thanks to:
Gallberry and other native species.
Florida Scrub Jays may be found in the small PET OWNERS: When you
patch of scrub here. This area is an excellent visit the conservation area
area to see a great variety of migrating come prepared to pick up
songbirds in the fall, winter and spring. your pet’s waste and
dispose of it properly. Trash
bins are located at the For more information or to schedule group tours,
17 CRANE CROSSING – Difficult trailheads. please contact the Indian River County
This trail takes visitors to the edge of a ALL DOGS MUST BE KEPT Conservation Lands Manager at
freshwater depression. Walk quietly and you ON A LEASH. FAILURE TO 772-589-9223; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
may catch a glimpse of wading birds including DO SO MAY RESULT IN www.ircgov.com/conservation
Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Tri-Colored Herons HAVING TO PROHIBIT DOGS
and other birds feasting on freshwater fish. This FROM THE CONSERVATION The Conservation Area is open from
AREA IN THE FUTURE. dawn until dusk each day.