National Wildlife Refuge System

PELICAN ISLAND
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

4055 Wildlife Way
Vero Beach, FL, 32963
Phone: 772-581-5557
E-mail: pelicanisland@fws.gov

BIRD'S IMPOUNDMENT TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 2.67 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.9
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native/Mowed

Special Features

  • Pelican Island may be viewed only by boat. All 3 trails + butterfly garden on remaining 5,400 acres of refuge.
  • Loop trail
  • Salt marsh habitat
  • Bank fishing permitted within refuge on Indian River Lagoon side of trail
  • Excellent wildlife observation

CENTENNIAL TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.75 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 0.9
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Boardwalk

Special Features

  • ADA accessible
  • Accessible butterfly garden
  • Observation tower with ADA-accessible spotting scopes overlooking Iagoon and Pelican Island rookery



JOE MICHAEL MEMORIAL TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 3 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 3.1
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Mowed/Native

Special Features

  • Wildlife photography
  • Loop trail
  • Boardwalk into salt marsh habitat
  • Spotting scope at observation platform
  • Bank fishing permitted within refuge on lagoon side of trail


Pelican Island
National Wildlife Refuge

Trails By Length

Last updated: October 28, 2010