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We left off in Fellsmere last time. Back east and further down US 1, you’ll need to cross over the CR 510 bridge.Soon after you’ll hit A1A. Go south until you reach Old Winter Beach Road and take a right. At the end is the start of the old Jungle Trail. Not much jungle there now, but picture it decades ago when citrus trucks still plied the road. Near the north end is part of the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. It’s the definitive article, you might say, being the very first National Wildlife Refuge. Pelican Island itself is only accessible by boat, and I’m not even sure you’re allowed on there. Walk around this area, including the boardwalk with a plank inscribed for each National Wildlife Refuge. Over a century of history in one short stroll, with a nice view at the observation platform at the end. (see Google map)

When you reach A1A again, go north and you’ll find Sebastian Inlet State Park. There’s a museum outside the park, and another one inside. Excellent place to see the Intracoastal and the Atlantic. You’ll see why this is a perfect example of why A1A is such a great road. If you like to drive without a destination in mind, this is your road. The Schaub Residence (one of the 100 coolest buildings in Florida, according to some) is along here too. But it’s in a gated community, so you’re not likely to be able to see it. But maybe you know people. (see Google map)

It’s a very long way north before you can get back on the mainland, about 25 miles. But we’re heading the other way, so cross back on CR 510 until you’re at US 1 again. Ten miles south, and you’ll find yourself in the county seat, Vero Beach, which I’ll cover in the next post. See you on the road!

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The Jungle Trail is on Orchid Island, about 10 miles north of Vero Beach, in the southeastern part of the state.

It was created in the 1920’s, to speed the movement of citrus to mainland packinghouses. Part of it goes through the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, which was the first national wildlife refuge created in the United States. It is also a National Historic Landmark. President Theodore Roosevelt established it on March 14, 1903. Both the Jungle Trail and the Refuge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See more photos here.

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