Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay

(4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Great opportunity to enjoy natural Florida with a lifted boardwalk for easier walking. Good spots to stop, sit and watch nature.  more »
  • We love Turkey creek!! Always have a good time and love the serenity!! My son loves to see all the wild life!  more »
  • Such a wonderful piece of paradise in a bustling area. Great nature trails, walks are easy and pleasant. Nice picnic area. Disappointed that the nature center wasn't open, even though we went during o...  more »
  • What a great place to explore with the family. We spent a few hours here Geocaching and the kiddos was playing Pokémon Go. There is a lot of activities to do here with lots of Natural beauty, and we seen a tortoise and a few other animals.
  • Many pokemon go pokestops and one gym! Well kept. Raised board walk has several viewing areas over the Creek. Walking paths are shaded.
  • We parked on Briar Creek Road and entered Turkey Creek Sanctuary dragging our kayaks about 100 yards to Creek. Easy launch site for us retired folks. We headed southwest (left) and paddled to the dam. We sighted 4 alligators, 2 manatees, and a plethora of turtles. Lovely quiet creek that makes you feel like you are hundreds of miles from civilization. How highly recommend this paddle.
  • Love it here! The trail system is so much more extravagant than merely the boardwalk so don't be afraid to explore. Although strollers might have some problems in the soft sand. While I've never seen an alligator here, the signs indicate they're not only present but frequent visitors in the Turkey Creek. I have seen manatee here occasionally and lots of turtles and fish as well as spiders and the occasional squirrel. However, it can get a little crowded on the weekends, so plan accordingly
  • Love that this is free and still a fun environment! Not everyone has tons of money to spend so my friends and family were all able to enjoy a nice day together! Will definitely be visiting again anytime we're in the area