Pine Island Conservation Area

Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, gate opens at 8:30 AM, day use only.

The Kayak Launch area near the Manatee Observation Deck is open for public access. Commercial ventures have preferential use of the area twice daily on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Please use Courtesy during times of high traffic so that all may have safe entrance and exit from the water at the ramp.

Please use trash containers on site and or pack out all extra waste materials.

This 880-acre conservation area provides access to the trailhead 0.5 mile from main entrance leading to over 7 miles of trails. These moderate walks lead through pine flatwoods and hydric hammock habitats, as well along the restored Saltmarsh habitats. Hikers will also see cabbage palm hammocks and hardwood hammocks, with mangrove forests and marshes fringing the Indian River Lagoon. The interior marsh ponds and borrow lakes make great spots for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The canoe/kayak trails invite a relaxing way for visitors to observe area wildlife. Cycling and horseback riding are permitted on the established roads and bike trails only. Please do not ride bikes on hiking trails.

Acquired and managed in partnership with St Johns River Water Management District 

Rosetta Spoonbill at Pine Island Conservation Area
Tri Color Heron at Pine Island Conservation Area
Pine Island Conservation Area Boardwalk
Bald Eagles Nest at Pine Island Conservation Area




Drinking Water





Historic Site


Nature Center


Primitive Youth Group Camping


Wildlife Viewing

Do's and Don'ts

  • Any Vehicles remaining at closing (Dusk) will be locked in
  • Stay on the trail for personal safety and protection of the natural environment.
  • No Smoking
  • Electric motors allowed only in North Borrow Lake
  • No ATVs
  • Vehicles on established roads only
  • Alligators and Manatees are common
  • Hunting is prohibited
  • Drive with care
  • Alcoholic beverages in designated areas only
  • Service animals only
  • No Airboats or gas powered boats
  • Park in designated areas, do not block roads or gates
  • Take necessary precautions for mosquitos
  • All Plants and Animals are protected; do not remove

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