Turkey Creek Sanctuary

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The Sanctuary will be closed this Saturday morning, November 11, until approximately 8:30 AM due to the Turkey Creek 5K Trail Run.

 Update - The following trails have reopened at the sanctuary:

  • Jogging/Fitness Trails
  • Scrub Trail
  • Sand Pine Trail
  • Turkey Oak Trail
  • Mountain Bike Trail (Briar Creek Rd. access only)
  • Canoe/Kayak Launch (Briar Creek Rd. access only)

The boardwalk remains closed until further notice!



1518 Port Malabar Blvd. NE Palm Bay, FL 32905 Map


  • Creek with Canoe/ Kayak access
  • Jogging Trails
  • Nature Center with Exhibits
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Trail Map 2015

Please Note: Public access and parking to the Turkey Creek Sanctuary is available at the Margaret Hames Nature Center by the Tony Rosa Community Center
Directions: Located off Port Malabar Blvd. at Santiago Dr.
Open 7 days a week, admission is FREE.

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Oli Johnson, former Park Ranger, exploring Turkey Creek Sanctuary from a kayak.

About Turkey Creek Sanctuary

As part of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) program and the East Florida section of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Turkey Creek Sanctuary is 130 acres of wonder, biodiversity and natural resources.

Established in 1981, the Sanctuary offers a 1.85 mile boardwalk passing through hydric (wet) hammock, mesic (moist) hammock, and sand pine scrub communities, and 1.5 miles of jogging trails through native forest, both excellent for viewing a multitude of wild life. Within the Sanctuary, there is also a 1 mile mountain bike trail with a direct connection to an additional 8 miles. As well as walking, jogging and biking, the Sanctuary can also be accessed by canoe or kayak.

The on-site Margaret Hames Nature Center, opened in 1992, offers interpretive exhibits, and environmental education programs, including nature day camps, tours, nature library and gift store.

You'll enjoy seeing manatees, alligators and Florida cooters (turtles) in the creek, and you might see an otter or a gar fish. Birds abound in the old pine canopy, including ospreys and owls.

The Sanctuary is ADA Accessible.

Call (321) 676-6690 for more information. The Park is open from 7am till sunset or when posted.  The Nature Center is open MOST days from 9 AM to 4 PM and is staffed by volunteers.  Please call before you show up, if you want to visit the center, to make sure staff is there.  Admission is free.  No smoking in the park, please don't litter or feed the wildlife.