Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay

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Established in 1981 and managed by the City of Palm Bay, the Sanctuary offers a 1.85 mile boardwalk and 1.5 miles of hiking trails passing through hydric (wet) hammock, mesic (moist) hammock, and sand pine scrub communities, and 1.5 miles of jogging trails through native forest, both excellent for viewing a multitude of wild life. Within the Sanctuary, there is also a 1 mile mountain bike trail (rated difficult) with a direct connection to an additional 8 miles. This bike trail can be accessed on the east side of the Port Malabar Blvd. bridge over Turkey Creek. A canoe and kayak launch and picnic pavilion are also available on the east side of the sanctuary.



The on-site Margaret Hames Nature Center, opened in 1992, offers interpretive exhibits, nature library, and gift store.

Wildlife: Box turtle, alligator, eastern indigo snake, west Indian manatee, river otter, gopher tortoise, spotted skunk, raccoon, opossum, endangered Florida mouse. Listed in State of Florida Great Florida Birding Trail for warbler, osprey, duck, wading birds, and pileated woodpecker

ADA Access: Parking, nature center, boardwalk, paved walkway

Dos & Don'ts:

1. Service animals only

2. No bikes, alcohol or smoking

3. No removal of plants

4. Please don’t feed or disturb the animals

5. Other restrictions as posted

Call (321) 676-6690 for more information.

The Park is open from 7am till sunset or when posted.

Nature Center Open 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM when volunteers are available, closed Mondays

Admission is free. No smoking in the park, please don't litter or feed the wildlife.
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  • This is a nice place to go for a walk. The trails are in great shape. There are a few that are still being worked but most are open. Plenty of vegetation to look at but we were there in early afternoo...  more »
  • Not crowded so you can really enjoy the outdoors of what feels like real Florida. Friendly squirrels are easy to see, raccoons not as much. Take your Kayak for a view from the river.  more »
  • Turkey Creek is a great outdoor activity. The boardwalk takes you through the sanctuary with viewpoints and benches to stop and enjoy your time outdoor. There is also an exercise trail people can util...  more »
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  • Turkey Creek Sanctuary has something for every nature lover. There is a boardwalk winding through some of the park where you can take a leisurely stroll admiring the wide array of flora and fauna. There are several hiking trails too. Some are easier than others. From well maintained wide packed sand trails (for new hikers and kids) to dirt and mud trails (if you are looking for a little challenge to get your shoes dirty) through the hammock. This is a great place to go and unwind, or play Pokemon Go.
  • Love this place. Nature is my church. Being here is our home away from home. We try to go walking even though the boardwalk is still being repaired from Hurricane Irma. Using the jogging trail we get to see nature at it's finest. Tortoises, snakes, birds, squirrels and of course bugs.
  • More will be added here, Turkey Creek is amazing and i will update this later with a more detailed review. I recommend the boardwalk as sighting everything is amazing. However everything around Turkey Creek is showing signs of wear, mainly because there isn't any funding for objects to be built back up. That should dissuade you from the amazing scenery and wildlife that is here however!
  • Our family 👪 loves❤ this place.. Our 2 year old has such a great time. We especially love that we always find Brevard rocks and that makes our visit worth it along with the beautiful nature trail... Its still closed due to hurricane Irma but we will pray and wait for its return 🌴🐢🐰
  • Beautiful. The place inside is nice. My Grandchildren love going inside and love the trails. The creek is beautiful!

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