Black Point Wildlife Drive
Watching these other vehicles pass me on the narrow, one-way road, I wonder how much these other people are really seeing. They're driving much too fast , about 25mph, almost streaking by animals they've come so far to see.
almost missed it and my van was creeping along at about 10mph. And they
couldn't have spotted the snowy egret almost obscured by grass at the
edge of a canal.
I sometimes think the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet give unrealistic expectations about what we'll see, that something dramatic is guaranteed to occur but we need to drive fast to find it.
the most reliable stop for locating wildlife is the parking area near
the Allan D. Cruickshank Memorial Trail , a 5-mile path through the
marsh with an observation tower near the parking lot.
Sunrise is when wildlife most actively feeds. Traffic also is at its lowest then. By 10 o'clock on weekends, there can be a parade of vehicles, something the critters definitely don't appreciate.
Black Point Wildlife Drive at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
is reached by taking State Road 406 from Titusville . Follow the road
across a bridge and continue on it when it turns left. The wildlife
drive, clearly marked with a large sign, will soon appear on the left.
The road veering to the right at the crossroads is State Road 402 ,
which leads to the refuge headquarters.
binoculars and a camera with a good telephoto lens, 300mm and larger.
If you go early, take a small cooler with drinks and snacks. There are
no stores once you leave Titusville.
can speed through the refuge in as little as 20 minutes. Count on at
least 1.5 hours or more to do it right. And once you complete the circuit,
go back again.
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