The Brevard Zoo Linear Park runs just under 3 miles through wetlands and oak hammock, starting from the parking lot along Murrell Road at the Brevard Zoo and ending at a cul-de-sac on Turtle Mound Road. The 10-foot wide trail is an easy ride shared with walkers and joggers, so keep alert. The first section runs on a mostly shaded Boardwalk, while the second section is asphalt and less shaded. The trail parallels I-95 and runs close to the roadway in a couple of spots but mostly away from the road and the sound muffled by trees. Markers along the way tell of the history and wildlife. No facilities, bring water. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link... Brevard Zoo Linear Park
Location: Brevard County (Melbourne/Viera)
End Points: Brevard Zoo at Murrell Road to Turtle Mound Road
Mileage: 2.9 miles one-way
Surface: Boardwalk, asphalt, 10 ft. wide
Nearby points of interest: Brevard Zoo, Patrick Air Force Base
Leaving the Zoo is a 10-foot wide Boardwalk extending about 1.25 miles through wetlands and oak hammock. This is the most pleasant section, the tree canopy provides shade. An easy ride, benches and pullovers with scenic views and historic markers are located along the way. This section is particularly popular with walkers, so keep alert and exercise good trail etiquette. Some road noise from I-95 near the zoo where the trail runs closer to the road - while you can still hear the road in other sections, the sound is mostly muffled by trees. Note: The trail is accessed via the Brevard Zoo, while it's free it's only open during zoo hours.
This section is less shaded, but the 10-foot asphalt trail is an easy ride and includes some shorter boardwalks over wetlands. Benches are provided along the way. The trail passes under the Pineda Causeway with a link to the roadway (see below), ending at a cul-de-sac at Turtle Mound Road. It runs closer to I-95 in some sections, but as along the Boardwalk mostly set off from the road and sound muffled by trees.
The trail goes under Pinellas Causeway (SR 404). Here a a short connector (1/10 mile) leads to the Causeway where a wide shared-use sidewalk links to nearby neighborhoods. Continuing on the Causeway crosses the Indian and Banana Rivers to A1A (Patrick Air Force Base and Atlantic beaches).
The Brevard Zoo, a non-profit organization, covers 75 acres with over 900 animals representing 175 species. Its stated mission is "Wildlife conservation through education and participation," with 4 sections providing tours and educational exhibits and programs: Expedition Africa, Lands of Change, Australia and Beyond, Wild Florida, and Rainforest Revealed.
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