With the first hint of Fall in the air, hiking has become a desirable activity once again. And the first hiking of the season took place in an Enchanted Forest.
The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville that is.
The 462-acre forest is part of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Land (EEL) Program. This EEL Program consists not just of one designated location but several. According to their website, an EEL Sanctuary is:
- A place of wonder, contemplation and discovery
- A resource for environmental education
- A preserve to protect biodiversity and natural resources
- An opportunity to experience Florida as the early inhabitants did
I agree with all of these, and more. For several years I lived in apartments and my only sanctuary was out in nature, mostly in parks. So I’m a strong advocate of outdoor areas being preserved, yet open to the public.
The hiking around the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is more of a walk than a hike, as the trails are easy, and if taken separately, relatively short. We explored five of the trails, walking a total of just over 3 miles.
Near the intersection of two trails, we came across this unhurried soul, fresh from his underground abode (if the sand on his back is any indication).
The Education Center located at the Sanctuary provides interactive exhibits on the biodiversity that makes up this small pocket of Florida. In one, you choose an object and place it under a microscope. In others, you test your knowledge with trivia.
This is a new find, and I’m excited to explore the rest of the locations being preserved by the Brevard County EEL Program. It seems there really is more to Florida than just concrete jungles full of flashy rides and rows and rows of junk food. Floridians do care about what’s in their back yard. Brevard County is proving just that.