Malabar trails offer the best of outdoors in South Brevard


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Trail No. 1 is a peaceful spot at the Malabar Scrub Sanctuary.

Jennifer H. Monaghan

Calling all those who savor a walk in the park. Calling those who want to get outside and safely enjoy nature. More than 20 miles of trails for walking, hiking, biking and horseback riding await you in Malabar.

Town officials hope that on any day, walkers, bike riders, individuals, families, all ages, would be seen on Malabar’s trails. Whether they are out for physical exercise or to see the diversity of flora and fauna in one of Brevard County’s most ecologically diverse areas, there is much to treasure.

Malabar mayor Patrick T. Reilly, announced in July that the town was designated a Florida Trail Town by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. That means Malabar has been recognized officially as a destination for outdoor recreational activities to be explored by residents and tourists alike.

This achievement is due in large part to the efforts of The Trails and Greenways Committee — a group of Malabar citizens, appointed by the Town Council, chaired by Drew Thompson, who work together to plan, develop and maintain the trails and greenways of Malabar.

Thompson, a small business owner who is a committee volunteer, stated, “Malabar has some of the best trails in South Brevard County, and we want to make it a great place to visit.”

“I’ve always loved the outdoors. I believe that if people have the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy, they will appreciate the outdoors,” Thompson said. “People are happier, more content, when they get to be outside. Further, if people appreciate the outdoors of Brevard, they will be more active in protecting the blessings of Brevard.”

Trail No. 1 can be accessed from the park on Marie Road off Malabar Road, a short distance from U.S. 1. The trail loops through Malabar Scrub Sanctuary and from there it is possible to connect with other trails that lead to Turkey Creek in Palm Bay.

More detailed information regarding trails including maps can be obtained from the website malabartrails.org.