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Historic Jungle Trail - Florida East Coast

Historic Jungle Trail - The Historic Jungle Trail is an 8-mile sandy road on Orchid Island - a barrier island along the Indian River north of Vero Beach. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it was originally built in the 1920's so citrus growers could move their produce. At the north, the trail starts off A1A at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and to the south it ends on A1A at Old Winter Beach Road.

The well maintained road through coastal hammock is open to cars, but lightly used with few cross-streets or driveways. The hard-packed sand is fine for fat-tire biking, with just a few soft spots.

Historic Jungle Trail

End Points: A1A in Vero Beach (at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and at Old Winter Beach Rd.)
Mileage: 8 miles
Surface: Hard-packed sand (a few softer spots)
Location: Indian River County (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Captain Forster Hammock Preserve, Jones Pier Conservation Area
More Information:
- Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway - Historic Jungle Trail

Bike Shops/Rentals:
- Orchid Isand Bikes and Kayaks (rentals, sales, service)
- Alan's Bicycle Center (sales, service)

Biking on the Historic Jungle Trail

Historic Jungle Trail

  • The northern portion starts at the Wildlife Refuge, with parking and restrooms. Although the road runs along the Indian River, the view is mostly blocked by vegetation. This is a more remote section, with few homes. Between the Wildlife Refuge orientation center and the viewing area (Centennial Trail, observation tower) may be more cars, but a worthwhile stop off the road.
  • In the middle portion starting at Savannah Drive (not a cross street), the trail winds around a golf course past homes and gated communities.
  • The southern end from Wabasso Beach Road runs along the Indian River with the best views of the water, also passing homes. Captain Forster Hammock Preserve in this section is a good spot to stop or use as a southern trailhead with parking and restrooms available. Jones Pier is another historic stop in this section, an old landing point for visitors and citrus. (Reported: March 2017)

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge was America’s first wildlife refuge, created in 1903 by order of President Theodore Roosevelt. In the 1800’s, birds were slaughtered for their feathers, the refuge along with laws prohibiting plume hunting were established through efforts of the Audubon Society.

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