Fall along our Space Coast

Posted by Dean Pettit on 5. October 2012

Space Coast OutdoorsWhile we don’t get the fall colors you get up north here along the Space Coast of East Central Florida, it’s still a great place to visit and or live here. This is the time of year when outdoor activities really begin to pick up here. The fall run of mullet is here in the Indian River Lagoon as well as along our beaches, bring outstanding fishing as redfish, trout, snook, tarpon an many other species of gamefish target the mullet. Fall also means the annual bird migrations are starting, and places like Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Canaveral National Seashore, Sebastian Inlet, and many of our other conservation lands become birding hotspots.

The cooler weather means less mosquitos and beautiful days for kayaking the Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most biologically diverse estuary, the St. John’s River, sometimes refferred to as North America’s Nile and it’s many lakes, ponds, swamps, and sidecreeks, as well as the Little Econlockhatchee River, a major tributary of the St. Johns River. We also have hundreds of miles of hiking trails for day hiking as well as overnight excursions. Many of these trails also offer great Florida wilderness experiences by mountain bike. This is also the time of year to begin thinking about our manny opportunities for backcountry camping, either along the many trails managed by the St Johns River Water Management District leading to designated wilderness campsites, or the water only access campsites along the St Johns River, the Shipyard Island Canoe Trail at Canaveral National Seashore, or the spoil islands campsites of the Indian river Spoil Island Project.Fall is also the best time of year to get serious about outdoor and nature photography, as the summer haze is gone, skies are clearer and the mornings and evenings, otherwise known to photgraphers as the “magic hours”, are just beautiful. If you have ever considered visiting us here along Florida’s Space Coast, now is the time to get serious! We also have Surfing along our entire Space Coast, the stomping ground of multiple world champion and probably the best surfer ever, Kelly Slater, and beautiful Snorkeling at and around Sebastian Inlet State Park!
SpaceCoastOutdoors.net is an online resource for self guided outdoor adventures along our Space Coast, giving precise locations for the above activities plus more. GPS coordinates and links to satellite images are included along with maps and other resources.
If you prefer guided trips, the site has complete directories of fishing guides, nature tours, kayak guides and rentals, boat rentals, surf shops and schools, dive shops, hotels, bars, restaurants, and more.
Check us out!
Dean Pettit
Space Coast Outdoors

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