Betty Salter Trail at The Great Outdoors
February 6, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm$30.00
Meet at the parking lot across from the Great Outdoors Community Church, 144 Plantation Drive, Titusville, FL 32780. Gate access is required at the entrance to The Great Outdoors. Be prepared to show the gatekeeper your ID and explain that you are there for a tour with Betty Salter. This is a combination golf cart and walking tour. Drivers are provided for the golf carts. The walking distance is up to 1 mile depending on previous weather conditions. Good hiking shoes & walking stick recommended as the ground is sometimes torn up by feral hogs. It is recommended that you use the restroom before arriving as there are no restrooms available out on the trail.
Explore the land that was once owned by the Titusville Fruit and Farm Land Company who attempted to dig the Addison Canal to drain the wetlands of the St Johns River. As you enter the trail, there is a wet meadow on the right. In spring it is covered in a variety of wildflowers. The first half of the trail has little shade as it passes between wetlands, ponds, and the Canaveral Marshes tract of St. Johns River Water Management District. Midway through the trail there is a 30-foot-long twelve-inch-wide concrete weir with a coated wire cable handrail which we will cross. To the left is a borrow pond and to the right a streambed connected to the St. Johns River. The second half of the trail is shaded by pines, palms, cedars and oak trees. Cattle pastures, ponds, forest and marshes flank this part of the trail. Egrets and herons, ducks and shorebirds as well as bobcats, deer and alligators have been seen on this trail. There are two places along this part of the trail where water from the wetlands have breached the berm and may contain water. The spots are not very deep and are about 2-3 feet wide. Birds that might be seen include Sandhill Cranes, Great Horned Owls, Osprey and Red-Shouldered Hawks. After the tour, consider having lunch at the Blue Heron Restaurant or the Juke Box Café.