Oak and Palm Hammock Trails


The Oak and Palm Hammock trails are located 1.2 miles east of the Visitor Center. The trails are populated with live oaks, cabbage palm, laurel oak, pignut hickory, red maple and American elm. Wild coffee, air plants and orchids can be found in the canopy.  The hammocks offer a great opportunity to view a variety of songbirds, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, wrens and mammals. 

Both trails are accessible from the same trail head:

Oak Hammock is to the right and is a ¾ mile (1.2 km) loop that generally takes 30 minutes. The trail is a figure eight that winds through seasonally flooded forest. Be sure to take both loops. Interruptive signs are posted that explain the ecology of the hammock.

Palm Hammock is to the left and is a 2 mile (3.2 km) loop that can take up to 50 minutes. The trail makes a loop through the palm hammocks and returns on the same path.
Please note hiking conditions can be muddy after the rain and both trails cross a railroad track which can be a challenge to visitors with disabilities.

To reach Oak and Palm Hammock trails from the Visitor Center:

Turn right out of the Visitor Center entrance road. The Hammock trails are 1.2 miles on the left.

Merritt Island Wildlife Association
Merritt Island Wildlife Association
Merritt Island Wildlife Association