The north end off Pine Island Road will be closed Monday to Thursday beginning April 21st to accommodate the installation of two hydraulic pumps for stormwater diversion. The Conservation Area will be re-opened for weekend access, beginning with Friday mornings. Installation is expected to last about a month, at which point the site will re-open for daily use.
Please note that access to the South Borrow Lake is temporarily restricted, due to construction activity for the stormwater retrofit of this Lake. Coming from the Sams House, the Garnet Trail will be closed at the 'overlook' at the south end of the South Lake, and there is no access to the Lake or Sams Creek from Pine Island Road. Please use caution, as heavy equipment is being operated in the entire area south of the PICA main gate.
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