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					            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 -
                                                          Easy
                                                                                                               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
gopher tortoises.
                                                        trail may not be passable during the summer
                                                        months due to deep water.                                   •   Trail conditions are rustic: be prepared for uneven       NORTH SEBASTIAN
                                                                                                                                                                                 CONSERVATION AREA
                                                                                                                        ground, exposed tree roots and primitive
                                                                                                                        conditions.
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; bpowell@ircgov.com 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.

				
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