The Pine Island Conservation Area construction paving phase has completed. The Pine Island Conservation area is now open from dawn to dusk. Parking areas have been defined by posted fences.
This 950-acre conservation area provides access to 2 trails at the trailhead 0.5 mile from main entrance. These moderate walks lead through pine flatwoods and hydric hammock habitats. Hikers will also see cabbage palm hammocks and hardwood hammocks, with mangrove forests and marshes fringing the Indian River Lagoon. The interior marsh ponds and borrow lakes make great spots for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Two canoe trails invite a relaxing way for visitors to observe area wildlife. Cycling and horseback riding are permitted on the established roads and bike trails only. Please do not ride bikes on hiking trails.
Acquired and managed in partnership with St Johns River Water Management District Size:
- Bicycling (on dirt roadways only)
- Horseback Riding Trails (roadways only)
- Fishing (lake, river)
- Hiking (1.3-mile trail, 1.5-mile trail)
- Paddling (2.3-mile loop, 3.0-mile run)
- Wildlife Observation
Pine flatwoods, cabbage palm hammocks, hardwood hammocks, mangrove forests, and salt marshes Wildlife:
Gopher tortoise, bobcat, eastern indigo snake. In Sams Creek, the west Indian manatee, bottlenose dolphin, alligator. Listed in State of Florida Great Florida Birding Trail for American Wigeon, migratory Blue-winged Teal, migratory songbirds, waders, shorebirds, Woodstork, and Osprey.
Advance notice needed for special accommodations Dos & Don'ts:
- Horseback riding is prohibited in restored marsh areas.
- Take necessary precautions for mosquitos during summer months
- Pets, smoking, alcohol, motorized vehicles, and hunting are prohibited
- Do not feed, disturb, or harm wildlife
- Stay on the trail for personal safety and protection of the natural environment