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The City of Titusville, Florida / About Titusville / Area Attractions / Enchanted Forest Sanctuary



Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

 

 Sign for the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Located in the southern limits of the City of Titusville, the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary preserves a diversity of the natural habitats found in Brevard. Several miles of hiking trails allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sanctuary. There is a wonderful wealth of plant life in the Sanctuary as both temperate (northern) and subtropical (southern) species grow here together.

There are five basic habitat types in the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary: oak, scrub, mesic and hydric hammock, wet prairie, and pine flatwood. Wildlife species found here include the Eastern Indigo snake, Florida scrub lizard, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, and bobcat.

Enchanted Forest
444 Columbia Blvd.
Titusville, FL 32780
(321) 264-5185

Open to the Public:
Tue. - Sun.: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and New Years Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

The Center

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management and Education Center provides interpretive educational exhibits, two 25 person capacity classrooms, offices, a reference library, restrooms, and a gift shop.

In addition, the Center features an exterior screened porch and walkway, an outdoor screened porch and walkway, an outdoor amphitheater, and the Enchanted Crossing-an interpretative nature trail with a stabilized surface for universal accessibility. The center is ideal for field trips, research projects, seminars, educational opportunities abound.

 Activity center at The Enchanted Forest Santuary  exterior of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary  Bug collection at Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Air Plants

In the Enchanted Forest many of the majestic oak's branches host thick green air plants stretching out for many yards. Visitors, photographers and educational classes will be thrilled to observe hundreds if not thousands of our states' largest air-plant, Tillandsia utriculata.

 Tree  Growth on a tree  leaves

Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to the Enchanted Forest. Join in the fun while you help preserve the Sanctuary's natural beauty for the future. Here are just a few of the way you can become involved and share your talents. Interpretative Guiding, Greeting Visitors, Educational Tours, Hike Desk, Exotic Plant Control, Landscaping, Grant Writing, Photography, Newsletter, the possibilities are endless. 

 volunteers  a volunteer  volunteers setting up a christmas tree

Addison Canal

The Addison canal was built in 1912 to drain land along the St. Johns River Floodplain for agriculture. Although never completely finished the canal changed the water drains through the Enchanted Forest. Water that used to flow west now flows east into the Indian River Lagoon.

Sign for the Addison Canal
   

Despite its negative impact on the environment, the canal allows us a peek into the creation of the Atlantic Coastal Ridge. Its walls reveal ancient layers of sand and shells that tell us this ridge was once a sand dune. Roughly 120,000 years ago, you would have been standing at the edge of the ocean.

 Plants growing along a canal
a tourist visiting the addison canal trail   Addison Canal Trail

A local nature lover admires one of the many impressive ferns and plants along the Addison Canal Trail.

 Addison Canal Trail     Many well marked primitive trails are also available.

 A trail  a path in the forest  a path in the forest
 Golden Silk Spiders

Just off the trail Golden Silk Spiders can be seen weaving their webs. The silk spider is named for its web which glistens like golden thread. The arachnid is sometimes called the banana spider because of the female's long, yellow body. The golden spider feeds on small flying insects that become trapped in its large strong web. This spider eats more insects than most birds can consume. Did you know? The female spider often eats the male after mating.

 a Golden Silk Spider
 a Gopher Tortoise Gopher Tortoise

The forest is home to The Gopher Turtle or Tortoise, Gopherus polypnemus, is found in areas with dry ground in north and central Florida. Juveniles have bright tan and brown shells while the shells of adults are darker. The front legs are flat and heavily scaled. They reach a length of 12". Gopher Tortoises create burrows up to 30 feet long with dens at the ends. The burrows are used by over 300 species of animals who use them for protection against bad weather, predators, and fire.

 Wild Boars

One of the few remaining wild boars being trapped and removed from the Enchanted Forest.

 a Wild Boar
 a nine-banded armadillo   Nine-Banded Armadillo

Range: through Florida, Texas, Mexico, and South America

Body length: 15-17 in. Tail: 14-16 in. Weight: 8-17 lbs.

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

    ..... A place of beauty and wonder for visitors of all ages.



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P. O. Box 2806, (32781-2806) - 555 S. Washington Avenue - Titusville, FL 32796 - Phone: (321) 567-3775 - Fax: (321) 383-5704 - Site by Project A