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near Mims, Florida (United States)
This is a small area (155 acres) located in Mims. It is made up of scrub, scrubby flatwoods, depression marsh, cleared trails and sandy roads. The sanctuary was donated to Brevard County as mitigation land is managed by the EEL Group. There are approximately 1.6 miles of hiking trails/roads. There are a number of scrub jay families living in the sanctuary, some relocated from the Melbourne Area. All trails are marked with arrows to assist you when hiking there. It is just about impossible to get lost in the sanctuary because roads and private property border it. There is only one access point with parking and that is located off Ford Road at N28 38.434 W80 52.583. There is an information kiosk there, with a layout of the sanctuary, as well as trail maps.
As you walk around the trails you will encounter small sand hills and pass some depression marshes. The main area is just scrub, with pine trees here and there. Along the edges you will encounter other types of trees. I am told that there is a nice variety of plants and wildlife in the sanctuary. The day I walked around I encountered a few families of scrub jays. Like most scrub jays I have encountered, those were very friendly, trying to land on my hat and camera. They are a lovely bird so please respect and protect them. The main trails are just sandy roads, but the EEL group has cleared some trails through the scrub that are very nice. There is no hunting in the area, so that is nice. There are many prescribed burns scheduled for this area, so be aware that access maybe blocked because of one of those.
Biking is allowed on the trails.
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Spotted scrub jays and other birds here
An actual small hill to climb
Area cleared for I suspect a pond
Parking area and entrance