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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  • August 8, 2017
    A great way to see a natural environment. It offers a deeply shaded elevated boardwalk through several vegetation zones leading to overlooks of Turkey Creek. It takes only a half hour if you are short...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Just a great place to wander around and look at the gopher turtles. They're everywhere. The library is right there too!  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    This was a pleasant place to take a walk and feel like you are away from the traffic and bustle. Very enjoyable.  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    I proposed to my wife here. Great place to take a walk and see the wildlife. Also, there are numerous pokestops and Pokemon gyms. For some Next Level Adventures, try kayaking through it.
  • April 28, 2017
    Arrived by Kayak from Goode park, paddle was pretty easy on an incoming tide. Several intersections are well marked so boaters can find their way. Once in the sanctuary the water is shallow so only Kayaks can go up to the dam. We had to limbo under one fallen tree, but our experienced group of kayakers had no problems. There are two areas you can stop in the sanctuary. One was a launch and another had a boardwalk overlook. we just hauled our kayaks up the steep bank and hung out for lunch. The Turtles here come up and check out the kayaks and will even try to bite a paddle. I would return to walk the boardwalks. Nice and shady thought the bugs were bad on land. On the water we were not bothered.
  • April 21, 2017
    Wonderful place to Connect with nature. Nice parkour trail. Very nice boardwalk trail. The facilities are limited.
  • March 17, 2017
    Fabulous little place. Part of the trails are wood and some are dirt. Easy distance. All the trails together are maybe 2 miles. Tons of trees. Lots of turtle sightings. Even saw a raccoon and an armadillo in the woods.
  • June 23, 2017
    Great place for a walk with all kinds of interesting things to see.

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