Captain Forster Hammock Preserve

CR 510 and Jungle Trail, Vero Beach , 32963
(772) 589-9223
sunrise to sunset

This lush preserve, with extensive hardwoods, plus coastal strand and wetlands, boasts one of the largest remaining maritime hammocks on Orchid Island. Songbird migration in spring and fall makes this site especially rewarding; Veery, Ovenbird, Tennessee Warbler, Magnolia Warbler and Scarlet Tanager are recorded annually. Rare warblers such as Connecticut and Wilson’s have been spotted at the preserve. In winter, look for Black-and-white Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Blue-headed Vireo. In the summer months you may encounter a Magnificent Frigatebird gliding above the Indian River. Follow the primitive foot trails, starting with the Forster’s Hammock Trail, which heads east towards two small, seasonal ponds. A number of short trail loops branch off to the north and south of the main Hammock Trail (Warbler’s Walk is particularly good). Trails may be wet and mucky at times so wear appropriate shoes. Seasonal tours are offered and self-guided walks are a great way to see a remnant of “old Florida.” Restrooms and parking are located one mile south of County Road 510 on Jungle Trail.

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