Brevard Zoo Linear Park offers vigorous hike through untamed nature

A local family takes a stroll along Brevard Zoo Linear Park.

Visitors to Brevard Zoo Linear Park can connect with nature on a more than 6-mile roundtrip of hiking or biking in the middle of Viera.

The trail of boardwalk made of recycled plastic planks and paved in some sections has several overlooks and benches along the path.

It goes over wetlands from the Brevard Zoo south of Wickham Road at the end of Murrell Road. The trail goes mainly parallel with Interstate 95 and connects with the Pineda Causeway.

The parking, which is free, is off the end of Murrell Road inside the gates to the Brevard Zoo.

The Linear Park opened in April 2014 with a 1.1-mile segment that was added on later. Two extensions of the trail took it to the Pineda Causeway. Phase three extended the trail south to the northern end of Turtle Mound Road in Melbourne.

The citizens of Brevard County voted in 2000 for a Parks and Recreation referendum that provided some of the $3.2 million needed for the first phase of the project.

The land for the trail was donated by A. Duda and Sons, with a large pond donated by S&S Enterprises. The Brevard Zoo maintains the trail.

In addition to being a great trail for exercise, it also is excellent for birdwatching and spotting wildlife.

Although there are plenty of woods and vegetation along the wetland area, most of the trail is not shaded. Plan accordingly with sunscreen and water.

The trail is open during normal operating hours of the Brevard Zoo. The Linear Park is open to the public and there is no charge to use it.

CORRECTION:

There are no parking spaces on Pineda Causeway for the Brevard Zoo Linear Park. The only parking for the Linear Park is at the end of Murrell Road inside the gates to the zoo. A story in our February print edition stated otherwise.