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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

From the Great Florida Birding Trail:
Drive Black Point for rails, ducks like pintails and teals, and shorebirds, Reddish egrets "dance" in the shallows, and harriers flush shorebirds in winter. Hammock and scrub trail are good for migrants. Florida scrub-jays perch on telephone wires and posts on Kennedy Boundary Parkway.

Visit the Merritt Island NWR web site.

From I-95, take Exit 220 (Titusville, State Road 406 Exit). Drive east on SR406, also known as Garden Street. Continue east on Garden Street for 4 miles and travel over the Max Brewer Causeway Bridge.  The Refuge begins at the east side of the causeway.

To reach the Visitor Information Center, continue 4 miles past the Refuge entrance (remain to your right at the fork in the road) and the Visitor Center entrance sign will be on your right.

From the north, access is available from US 1 on the Kennedy Parkway (SR 3) about two miles south of the community of Oak Hill.  Access is not available from the south on SR 3 because of the restricted area surrounding the Kennedy Space Center.  From the south, visitors must use the Titusville entrance.

The map below shows Blackpoint Wildlife Drive.

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