Our public use areas are located on the Historic Jungle Trail, in Indian River County off of U.S highway A1A, 3.7 miles north of the Wabasso Beach Road (CR 510) or 3.3 miles south of Sebastian Inlet. Interpretive exhibits are located at our trailheads and along our trails. A restroom is available at the trailhead to Birds Impoundment Trail.
Know Before You Go
The Refuge public use areas are open daily, from 7:30 am until sunset.
● During the warmer months at the Refuge come prepared for mosquitoes and other biting insects which can be very bothersome
● Poison ivy can be found on the Refuge, stay on established trails
● Drinking water is not available on the Refuge and should be brought with you.
● The Florida sun is strong all year. Sunscreen and hats are a recommended, as well as comfortable walking shoes to ensure your safety while enjoying the Refuge.
● Binoculars and a bird ID book can be helpful in identifying a variety of birds on the Refuge.
● A self-guided tour is available using QR codes on your smart phone.
To protect wildlife and their habitat and to provide the best opportunities in wildlife observation and photography, it is important not to disturb, injure, or damage plants and animals on the Refuge. Disturbances include flushing birds and other wildlife or using mechanical or electronic devices to lure birds closer for observation or photography. Please remember to take only memories and photographs and leave only footprints.
Refuge trails, boardwalks, and kiosks provide family-friendly wildlife viewing areas. The refuge has few hills and offers easy walks without losing any of the nature-experience opportunities. We manage approximately seven miles of trails, including the three-quarter-mile Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessible Centennial Trail. Need help navigating? Print your own trail map or pick up one of the Pelican Island brochures when you arrive on the refuge.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
From I-95, take exit 156 to County Road 512/Sebastian BLVD. Make a right on 90th Avenue (which will transition to 85th Street). Continue straight onto County Road 510 towards A1A. At A1A, turn left (north). In 3.8 miles, turn left onto Jungle Trail. 2 Pelican Island NWR Parking Lots and access to hiking trails are along this route.
11455 Jungle Trail, Vero Beach, FL 32963 is the address of the Centennial Trail.