Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay

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4.6/5 based on 200+ 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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  • love to come here and walk along the boardwalk, really friendly staff at the educational center, you never know what your going to see, keep a look out for manatees , bring bug spray this time of year...  read more »
  • If you are visiting the area this is definitely a place to take a walk and observe Florida wildlife. The best part is there is no fee for admission but you can make a donation. The first place you wil...  read more »
  • Has a nice boardwalk and trail, you can take your time or run the trail. There are animals if the children going through are quite and don't scare them away :). The creek is nice to view there are gat...  read 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
  • Beautiful, quiet trails with a wild jungle feel. Very nice!
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