Canaveral National Seashore

Canaveral National Seashore

Quick Facts

Canaveral National Seashore

Florida

(321) 267-1110

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

Canaveral National Seashore is on a barrier island which includes ocean, beach, dune, hammock, lagoon, salt marsh, and pine flatland habitats. Hike the many trails or take the scenic drive; partake in lagoon and surf fishing; take a pontoon boat tour with a Park Ranger or rent a canoe; surf or swim, or just sunbathe on the beautiful beaches. Horseback riding and backcountry camping are allowed with appropriate permits. The park has two districts and the Seminole Rest Site. The North District is in Volusia County, near New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Seminole Rest is also located in Volusia County in Oak Hill, Florida. The South District, in Brevard County, is near Titusville, Florida. Most visitor facilities within the seashore are open and accessible every day of the year. Some seasonal and emergency closures may occur. During the winter, hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and summer hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Map of Canaveral

Latitude, Longitude: 28.780499, -80.786147

READ MORE

Activities

  • Boating

    Launch sites in the refuge and seashore provide access to Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. Airboats are prohibited.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The six-mile self-guided Black Point Wildlife Drive in the refuge meanders through pine flatwoods and impounded marsh and provides excellent views of many species of wildlife.

  • Camping

    Limited backcountry camping is permitted on designated islands all year, by permit only. Camping is not allowed in the refuge. Private campgrounds are available in nearby communities. Back country camping is permitted at the North District of the park, New Smyrna Beach, FL, located in Volusia County. Visitors may make reservations by calling the Visitor Information Center.

  • Fishing

    Freshwater, saltwater, and commercial fishing are subject to size and possession limits and may require a license or special use permit; inquire at information centers. It normally takes 7-10 days to get a Commercial Use Authorization permit, so be sure to plan ahead.

  • Hiking

    The seashore and refuge offer short self-guided trails. Castle Windy and Turtle Mound trails have shell middens left by Timucuan Indians. Turtle Mound Trail boasts a view of the ocean and Mosquito Lagoon. Eldora Hammock, Oak Hammock, and Palm Hammock trails wind through densely vegetated hammocks. Cruickshank Trail has an observation tower and marsh views.

  • Historic Sites

    The Eldora Statehouse is the best remaining example of earlier life along Mosquito Lagoon. It is located in Canaveral National Seashore's Apollo district, and is open year-round.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed in the Apollo District with a permit between November and mid-April.

  • Hunting

    Seasonal hunting of migratory waterfowl is allowed in the seashore and refuge and is part of the refuge's waterfowl management. Display or use of firearms, other than for authorized hunting activities, is prohibited.

  • Picnicking

    There are no designated picnic areas, phones, food, or drinking water.

  • Water Sports

    The seashore has undeveloped beaches and limited services. These beaches have restrooms and boardwalk access. Beach access points for visitors with disabilities are at Playalinda Beach: Eddy Creek and Parking Area No. 8; and at Apollo Beach: Areas No. 1 and No. 5. First aid and drinking water are at information centers. Surfing is permitted in the park. You may reach Klondike Beach only by foot (a back country permit is required).

  • Wildlife Watching

    The barrier island and adjacent waterways offer a blend of plant and animal life. Records show that 1,045 species of plants and 310 species of birds can be found in the park. Endangered species include, but are not limited to, loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles, West Indian Manatee, Southern bald eagle, wood stork, peregrine falcon, eastern indigo snake, and Florida scrub jay.

Seasonality/Weather

Summers are hot & humid with temperatures from 90 F. Watch for sudden thunderstorms and lightning. Winters are mild (60 F to 70 F). Short periods of cold weather occur during January and February.

Directions

Driving

The national seashore and the wildlife refuge, located midway on Florida's east coast between Daytona Beach and Melbourne, are accessible via U.S. 1, I-95, and Fla 528 (Beach Line Expressway). The northern access, Apollo Beach, is on Fla A1A at the southern-most end in New Smyrna Beach.

Seminole Rest is located east of US-1 in Oak Hill on River Road. (In Oakhill, turn east onto Halifax Avenue, which is located by the flashing caution light on US-1. Take Halifax Avenue east to River Road. Turn north on River Road. Seminole Rest is two tenths of a mile on the east side of River Road.

The southern access, Playalinda Beach in Titusville, is on Fla 406/402. Playalinda Beach is reached via Fla 402 (also known as Beach Road). From I-95, the exit number for the north district (Apollo Beach) is 249. For the south district (Playalinda), the exit number from I-95 is 220. At both exits, go toward the east & follow the signs.

Flying

Local airports include the Orlando International Airport and the Space Coast Regional Airport.

Public Transportation

There is no public transportation in the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(321) 267-1110

Links