Length: 1.1 mile loop
Trailhead: 28.2941 to 80.7073
Address: 360 Barnes Blvd, Rockledge FL 32955
Restroom: Two portable toilets
Land manager: Brevard County
Open daily sunrise to sunset. No pets, bicycles or feeding the wildlife.
Visitors to Cruickshank Sanctuary can hike the trail of the 140-acre sanctuary. This trail winds through pine flatwoods, patches of oak, sand pine scrub and marshes, which are a part of the sanctuary's diversity.
A popular sight on the trail is the Florida scrub-jay. Scrub-jays are medium-sized, long-tailed, blue songbirds that perch atop shrubs and pine snags or hop along
the road edge in search
Leaving the kiosk at the trailhead, the trail comes to an intersection with a beaten path. Turn left to cross a bridge above a narrow ditch dotted with water lilies.
On the other side, you walk right into the scrub of the Atlantic Coast Ridge. There are patches of sand-spike moss in empty patches of bright white sand. A swale of wetland is on the left.
Bounded by homes and commercial businesses, the sanctuary in Rockledge is one of the best places to see the Florida scrub-jay. The scrub forest is a great habitat for these birds only found
Look for beauty in the small things, like ink blossoms, shiny blueberries. Hikers are likely to see tracks of a gopher tortoise or even spot one of the tortoises.