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 or adjacent to Town limits which are maintained by the County, and Bee Gum Point at the intersection of Fred Tuerk Drive and Jack Mitchell Way is 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.
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. Other access points available to walking or cycling guests are between Pebble Beach Villas and the SurfsEdge development (no parking), and 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.
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.
Cycling, Hiking, Jogging & Walking
(Including Jungle Trail, Jones Pier, & Captain Forster's Hammock)
Many residents, guests and visitors to the area enjoy the wide bicycle and pedestrian pathway along the west side of State Road A-1-A, which stretches the entire length of the County. Within the Town limits, this sidewalk has been marked with 1 mile increments. A wide bicycle/pedestrian pathway lies along the west side of A1A throughout Indian River Shores, which is delightfully shady in the afternoon. Cyclists may opt to use this but are still advised to go around joggers and walkers. Please see important bicycle and automobile safety information here.
Historic Jungle Trail begins - or ends, depending on your point of view - its over 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. This website, traillink.com, may be helpful in planning your day trek along the beautiful Jungle Trail.
As you head north on Jungle Trail from Old Winter Beach Road, look for the Jones Pier property, where boats used to stop for fresh citrus. Indian River County is restoring this property with a variety of amenities, described on their website. The property faces the Lagoon and is nestled between Palm Island Plantation in Indian River Shores and Morningside Drive, the only enclave in Indian River Shores that is only accessible via Jungle Trail. The project is scheduled to be completed late in 2020. Click here for the detailed presentation about the project that was made to the Town Council in November 2019.
Captain Forster Hammock Preserve is another beautiful 110-acre parcel just north of the Town limits, 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.
Our area offers plenty of opportunity for saltwater and freshwater fishing. For information regarding recreational fishing licenses and permits, please click here.