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Parking is available at Sebastian Inlet State Park, Wabasso Beach Park (1820 CR 510), and Round Island Riverside Park (2201 Highway A1A). For more information, contact:
Indian River County Parks,
5500 77th Street,
Vero Beach, FL 32967,
Felt that I needed to add a contrasting input to some of the reviews Ive read on this 'trail'. I ride the road shoulder (Bike lane) nearly every day on A1A, over the route described in TrailLink. The scenery is beautiful as you ride along the Indian River Lagoon and continues to be quite pretty through the orchid island stretch. The lane is sufficiently wide on this portion of A1A to provide a healthy margin of safety. As well, the GREAT majority of drivers are courteous and move their vehicles out into the oncoming traffic lane as traffic is usually light. Along the ride there are 2 different parks to stop and get off the bike and enjoy the ocean. A stop at the Wabasso beach area is enjoyable and you can break for a drink and light breakfast. If you are not a road biker and want to meander along the route in a more relaxed manner then there is a 'sidewalk' that is adequate for two riders abreast and is largely used by bicyclists. I would guess that there are more riders using the sidewalk than the bike lane. For the more adventurous soles on wider tire bikes that can navigate on all wether surfaces, there is the jungle trail and pelican island...both are really beautiful areas to check out. In summary, this is an enjoyable ride for locals and people already in the general area. It could be a destination trail if you combined it into a full day exploring great natural areas like Sebastian Inlet State Park, Pelican Island, the Barrier Island Center (Sea Turtle Conservancy); or taking in a great meal in Vero Beach. Hope this helps!
I have done A1A from Eau Gallie Blvd. in Indian Harbour Beach south through Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Floridana Beach to the Sebastian Inlet bridge, and on to Wabasso and Vero Beach. It is an unqualified disaster. First, you should use the path just east of the Indian River to get from Eau Gallie Blvd to 5th Avenue (about 5 miles). Then continue south through Indialantic staying close to the river until Oak Street takes you out to A1A. From there A1A is your only choice of a paved surface all the way to Vero Beach. Most riders will brave A1A rather than use the sidewalk at least as far as Sebastian Inlet. Once you are in Indian River County on the south side of the bridge, the sidewalk and the shoulder are better. Be very careful !!!
Brevard County should be ashamed of the condition of A1A. I have lived in the area for 36 years and A1A (and other roads as well) is as unfriendly to bicycles as ever. They seem to have wiggled out of the improvements that the state mandates and we have the most dangerous bicycle riding conditions in the entire country. For shame!!
Riding alongside a highway here is risky at best. I'll pass.
Be warned that "Route A1A" in Florida is actually a sidewalk. Originally, I neglected this "trail/sidewalk" due to the awful reviews and lack of pictures online. I was actually pleasantly surprised.
I was even inspired to capture a moment on film
I recommend parking at Sebastian Beach (free parking) in Indian River County and heading north about 7 miles (Sebastian Inlet). You can ride/run/skate right by the Indian River Lagoon.
The scenery is excellent, but the pavement leaves much to be desired. It is very slick in certain areas (sprinkler systems). The sidewalk is bumpy throughout, but there are far less interruptions in comparison to the Brevard County portion.
Regardless, this is probably the best "sidewalk" eastern central FL has to offer bikers, skaters (moi), and runners. It's the closest trail (still 45-50min drive) to where I currently reside, and I have made 3-4 trips to skate it.
Please...Need Trails in Brevard County!
All this is is a narrow shoulder on a busy road with a white stripe or a sidewalk. If this is a trail then any road with a side stripe (or a sidewalk) is a trail; what are the criteria for designating something as a trail?
That said most of the "scenery" is houses or condos. There are few ocean views. The Sebastian Inlet Park is the highlight. There is a free fishing museum there. There are also some nice oceanside parks to pull into--Jaycee & Golden Sand are two of them. If you like riding close to traffic this is the trail for you.
Designated black top path. Also roadside marked bike paths - north is wider than south. Quite a few driveways, a few stop lights and side streets require care. Watch for wind north or south. Shade in early AM going north and late PM going south. Once crossing the bridge at Sebastian Inlet - which is narrow for bikers - the trail continues 15 m0re miles into Melbourne Beach. Used by lots of bikers. Drivers are fairly careful. Some debris on the way - crabs, branches, sand spots, etc.
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