This site preserves open grassy forests of longleaf pine that were once commonplace throughout Florida. The pine flatwoods form a backdrop for other biological communities, including cypress domes, scrubby flatwoods, sandhills, and a beautiful strand swamp. These habitats are home to many native plants and animals, including over 50 protected species. Photographers, bird-watchers, and nature enthusiasts can explore miles of trails on foot, bicycle, or horseback. Canoeing, boating, and fishing on the St. Sebastian River are popular activities. Launching facilities are available outside the preserve at Dale Wimbrow Park and several private ramps along the St. Sebastian River, and at a canoe launch north of County Road 512.
The Preserve is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and has been identified as one of the top birding locations in the United States. Many different species of birds use the preserve during migration, such as the swallow-tailed kite, various songbirds, hawks, hummingbirds and robins. Check out their bird checklist to see which birds are here during each season. The most popular birds are red-cockaded woodpeckers, Florida scrub jays and Bachman's sparrows. More common sightings include sandhill cranes, wood storks, southern bald eagles and American kestrels.
The St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park is located in Brevard and Indian River Counties. The north entrance is off Babcock Road (CR 507) just north of the C-54 Canal. The south entrance is off of Sebastian Blvd. (CR 512), 1.8 miles east of I-95. DIRECTIONS: 1000 Buffer Preserve Drive, Fellsmere, Florida 32948
For information about the Visitors Center or Camping, please call 321.953.5004. For the Administrative office, please call 321.953.5005.