Parks and Recreation
The Town is mainly composed of gated communities, and does not own any land specified for parks or recreation. There are properties within Town limits which are maintained by the County, and Bee Gum Point at the intersection of Fred Tuerk Drive and Jack Mitchell Way owned by the Indian River Land Trust. Nearby facilities on Orchid Island which are owned and operated by the City of Vero Beach, Indian River County and the State of Florida are listed below.
Bee Gum Point Tours
Located on the west end of Fred Tuerk Drive, this land is owned by the Indian River Land Trust and has been set aside for conservation. Please check the IRLT website for detailed information on guided tours offered at this location each spring.
Cycling, Walking & Jogging
Many residents, guests and visitors to the area enjoy the bike path along State Road A-1-A, which stretches the entire length of the County. Within the Town limits the sidewalk has been marked with 1 mile increments. Please see important bicycle and automobile safety information here.
Is it SAFE? Bike paths, sidewalks and safety were studied throughout Florida, and Indian River Shores has the second best record among small cities for fatality and injury ranking in the state out of 121 in the category. Good bike paths and our Public Safety Department are believed to be contributing factors. Sebastian was second in its category, Vero Beach was 29th in its category, and Indian River County was third of 18 in its category.
The County maintains three public beaches within the Town limits: Seagrape Access near the northern border, Turtle Trail seven-tenths of a mile south of there, and the Tracking Station Beach behind the CVS Drugstore. Another access point available to walking or cycling guests is at the end of Beachcomber Lane (parking west of A1A on Fred Tuerk Drive is available). Many public beaches are available in the unincorporated County and in the City of Vero Beach.
Sea turtles are drawn to our Treasure Coast beaches, and are threatened (loggerhead) or endangered (all other) species. Turtle nesting season is March 1 - October 31 each year. Please see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website for detailed information, this sign, information on our Public Safety Department website, and the Town's ordinances to protect them and their habitat.
Dogs on the beach are allowed with a leash only within the Town limits. County beaches and the City of Vero Beach do not allow dogs under any circumstance. Pet owners must pick up droppings left by their pet. Please see this brochure with information about having permitted dogs off-leash during certain hours.
The US State Department has initiated the "Our Ocean" campaign for protection of this precious resource. Click on "Our Ocean" for a video and call to action for everyone, or visit their website for updates.
There's an app for that. If you see a stranded/injured dolphin or whale, you can download an app, "Dolphin & Whale 911" for iPhone and Android phones. People in the southeastern U.S. can immediately report live or dead stranded, injured or entangled marine mammals with connection to the nearest stranding response hotline, detected through your phone's internal GPS system. FAU Harbor Branch's Marine Mammal Research and Conservation program is one of the agencies on-call to respond to these types of strandings.
Historic Jungle Trail begins - or ends, depending on your point of view - it's nearly 7-mile long path on Old Winter Beach Road and continues for just under one mile within Town limits. This sandy path follows the Indian River's eastern shoreline. The County wisely set a Jungle Trail Management Plan by Resolution in 1989 that has many practical, interesting and historical facts contained within its 35 pages. As you head north, look for the Jones Pier property, where boats used to stop for fresh citrus, and the Captain Forster Hammock Preserve. This beautiful 110-acre parcel just north of the Town limits is owned by Indian River County and stretches from the Indian River and to the Atlantic Ocean. After you cross County Road 510, Jungle Trail continues meandering around the Town of Orchid and ending at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Number one ranked three years running (2012-2013-2014) Sebastian Inlet State Park is at the Indian River/Brevard County line. It offers waterfront riverside camping and excellent fishing from the ocean, inlet and river. Please see their website for the many amenities available.
Our area offers plenty of opportunity for saltwater and freshwater fishing. For information regarding recreational fishing licenses and permits, please click here.