Black Point Wildlife Drive provides lots of opportunity to see wildlife. It is part of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Merritt Island, Florida. Getting to the Refuge is easy, I always take US Hwy 1 to A. Max Brewer Parkway, once you go over the bridge you are on your way to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, Black Point Wildlife Drive, Cape Canaveral Seashore and Kennedy Space Center. For more information on the refuge visit the website at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Merritt_Island/.
This post will mostly have photos from the Black Point Wildlife Drive. However as it is part of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, I do include some information about the Refuge. There is a $10 fee to visit the drive or you can buy an annual pass.
If this is your first time visiting the Black Point Wildlife Drive, I highly recommend you stop by the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. It is located off the right fork of A. Max Brewer Parkway and the address is . Hours vary, so I suggest checking the website before your visit. There you can pay the $10 fee to visit Black Point Wildlife Drive and the Bio Lab Road or buy an annual pass. You can also get maps, brochures and other information about the Refuge and what it has to offer plus they have restrooms. There is small gift shop where you can get souvenirs or pick up any supplies you forgot, such as bug spray. Behind the Visitor Center there is a boardwalk where you never know what you will see.
Once you drive over the A. Max Brewer Parkway you will see signs letting you know you entering the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. After a short distance the road forks, if you go left you will go straight to Black Point Wildlife Drive and the right fork takes you to the Visitor Center.
First set of pictures have a map and pictures from Visitor Center. While walking the boardwalk I saw a some turtles and a gray catbird. Past the Visitor Center is the entrance to the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
Second set of pictures are of the Black Point Wildlife Drive. According to the website the Refuge is home to over 358 species of birds and over 500 species of wildlife. So far I have only seen a very small portion of the wildlife including birds, alligators, butterflies, insects and flowers. You are not supposed to fish or crap on the drive, however I have seen people doing both activities.
Third set of the photos are of the Alan Cruickshank Trail. I believe the trail is about midway through drive. There is parking and restrooms at this stop. The trail approximately 5 miles and has a small overlook that has some beautiful views.
For more pictures from the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge visit my blog post for The Scrub Ridge Trail – https://lilsusieq.com/scrub-ridge-trail/ and Bio Lab Road – https://lilsusieq.com/bio-lab-road/.
Remember: Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints