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[ft-l] Wheelchair accessable trails around Melbourne



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Martin,
Turkey Creek Preserve in Palm Bay is wheelchair accessible with the exception
of one small portion of the trail, which you can avoid by backtracking. It's
a hard surface and boardwalk, allowing you to wander through the sand pine
forest over to great views of Turkey Creek, and the opportunity to see
manatees in summer.

Farther afield on your coast, you can enjoy Smyrna Dunes Park at the north
end of New Smyrna Beach, which has a 1.4-mile boardwalk around and over the
dunes with great views of Ponce Inlet; the Oak Hammock Trail at Merritt
Island NWR, which has hardpacked surface and boardwalks through a tropical
hammock (may require some assistance); and the front loop (Herb Kale to
Hammock Loop) at Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area in Vero Beach.
Unfortunately, your region doesn't have a lot of opportunities for hikers
requiring assistance; I've found that most of Florida's trails that will
accommodate wheelchairs are in wilderness parks in urban areas in SE and SW
Florida.

Have you visited the Nice Wander Trail in Osceola National Forest, at Olustee
Battlefield? It's the FTA's first segment of accessible-with-assistance trail
for the Florida National Scenic Trail, and it does a nice loop through a
red-cockaded woodpecker nesting area.

Cheers, Sandy
author of "50 Hikes in Central Florida"  ;-)