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.
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
- Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway - Historic Jungle Trail
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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