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Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Turkey Creek Sanctuary is a small nature reserve in the city of Palm Bay in Brevard County, Florida, and incorporates both salty hammock and sand pine ridge habitats. It has 1.85 miles (3 km) of boardwalk paths and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of jogging trails through native forest to Turkey Creek, an excellent site for seeing birds, turtles, manatees, alligators as well as other local wildlife; there is a canoe deck on the creek. The creek is an important breeding ground for both salt and fresh water fish. The Sanctuary is part of the East Florida section of the Great Florida Birding Trail.

The property was donated to the Florida Audubon Society and the city of Palm Bay in 1978, and fundraising to conserve the area began in 1981. By 1994 113 acres (46 ha) was under the protection of the voluntary management committee. The park is open daily, from 7am to sunset.

It occasionally is threatened by environmental concerns. Heavy rains in September 2014 caused partially treated wastewater to spill into Turkey Creek.
The Margaret Hames Nature Center was opened in 1992 and offers environmental education programs, including nature day camps.
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  • Was staying in Melbourne Beach and looking for some thing to do in the morning and found this park on Trip Advisor and via a community newsletter where I was staying. It was an easy drive from the...  more »
  • We live this park! It is such an escape into nature like you are a million miles away. The trails are well kept and absolutely beautiful. So much diverse animal life as well as flora and fauna...  more »
  • We always love visiting Turkey Creek. My daughters are fascinated looking for new animals as we make our way through the preserve. The love it when we get to the river and try to find manatees, even if we only find turtles. It is always a pleasant walk along the boardwalk, and depending on how adventurous we are feeling there are some really nice hiking and running trails to explore as well. Highly recommend!
  • We saw a really cute turtle right as we walked in, and he wasn't afraid of us at all which is a good sign that he hasn't been bothered or hurt by people yet. There were quite a few butterflies right in the entrance. The trails are really good for walking and getting your steps in, and they have a lot of information both on the trail and in the pamphlets you can get at the beginning of the board walk. The water there is beautiful too.

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