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Helen & Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary Nature Trail

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 2.5 (2)

A scenic trail through pine flatwoods habitat on the western portion of the 140-acre sanctuary.


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

100%

Runnable

27' 8 m

High

23' 7 m

Low

5' 2 m

Up

4' 1 m

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1%

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Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No pets except service dogs (per Florida Statute 413.08). Biking is not allowed.

Runner Notes

Mainly sugar sand with the occasional scrub palm root crossing the trail.

Description

A short balloon loop trail with views of the Florida Scrub Jays—a threatened species that is Florida's only endemic bird. This loops through a diversity of habitats—pine flatwoods, patches of oak scrub, sand pine scrub, and freshwater depression marshes.

The scrub palms and other undergrowth are about waist height until about a quarter-mile in when you enter foliage above head height. The VERY friendly scrub jays make their appearance about 0.6 miles in (before the trail turns south).

Flora & Fauna

Migratory birds, Florida scrub jay, Gopher tortoise, Raptor, Bobwhite quail, Eastern indigo snake, Bobcat. Yellow milkwort, Longleaf pine, Blue-eyes grasses, Pineland St. John's wort, Oak, Sand pine scrub.

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Shared By:

Ryan Spr

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  2.5 from 2 votes

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A "snag" stands tall along the trail.
Jan 30, 2017 near Rockledge, FL
A friendly scrub jay bops along the Helen & Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary Nature Trail.
Jan 30, 2017 near Rockledge, FL
A sturdy footbridge aids your passage across the short canal.
Jan 30, 2017 near Rockledge, FL
Enjoy numerous scrub jays where the two habitats meet.
Jan 30, 2017 near Rockledge, FL

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