St. Sebastian River Preserve

Entrance Sign South Entrance Kiosk North Prong St. Sebastian River


Located in Southern Brevard County and Northern Indian River County near Fellsmere, Florida.


To get to the northern entrance of the preserve from I-95, take exit 70 and go east on SR 514 (Malabar Road) for about a 1/2 mile.  Turn right onto CR 507 (Babcock Road) and go south for about 12 miles. The entrance will be on your left just before you get to Canal C-54 and the Fellsmere grade.

To get to the southern entrance from I-95, take exit 69 and go east on CR 512 (Fellsmere Road) for about 1.8 miles.  The entrance will be on your left.


The preserve is open from 8:00 A.M. until sundown, 365 days of the year.


Primitive camping: $4 per person, per night.


The preserve has 5 primitive campsites: Pine Camp, Tree Frog Camp, Mullet Camp, Ranch Camp and Storytelling Camp.  All campsites are equipped with a single fire ring surrounded by four benches.  Make sure to bring everything you need. There are no restrooms or potable water sources at the campsites.  Campers must contact the Preserve Office at 321-953-5004 to make reservations and to obtain a  permit. 

Pine Camp Tree Frog Camp Mullet Camp

Shown above from left to right: Pine Camp, Tree Frog Camp and Mullet Camp.


The preserve has two canoe landings: one on the North Prong  of the St. Sebastian River and the other on the South Prong.  No launching of boats is permitted in the preserve but several county parks on the South Prong (i.e. Wimbrow Park and Donald McDonald Park) have public boat ramps. 

 North Prong Canoe Landing South Prong Canoe Landing


Interpretive Trail Sign Trail Markers

Horseback Riding

Horse Stables West Trailhead


Carlton House Story

The Carlton House was once a lovely white, two story house built back in the 1920s by John Carlton.  According to the information plaque, the owner ran out of money and had to abandon the house.  He went up north to earn more money but got arrested for swindling.  Eventually his teenaged son, Chester, moved back into the house by himself.  He lived in the house for some time before he tore it down, just so he could use the lumber to construct another house, which he never finished.  Now all that's left is the foundation. This site is located near the South Prong Canoe Landing and Mullet Camp.


Northwest Trail Map Northeast Trail Map Southeast Trail Map

Trail maps available at the preserve. Click images to enlarge.

Color Infrared Aerial Map of Northwest Trails Color Infrared Aerial Map of Northeast Trails Infrared Aerial Map of Southeast Trails

Color infrared aerial map of Northwest, Northeast and Southeast sections of St. Sebastian River Buffer.


Prickly-Pear Cactus Scarlet Milkweed Tarflower

Prickly Pear Cactus, Scarlet Milkweed and Tarflower

Pennyroyal Netted Pawpaw Spurred Butterfly Pea

Pennyroyal, Netted Pawpaw and Spurred Butterfly Pea

Partridge Pea Florida Scrub Roseling Zarzabacoa Comun

Partridge Pea, Florida Scrub Roseling and Zarzabacoa Comun

Hawkweed Yellow Star Grass Gopher Apple

Hawkweed, Yellow Star Grass and Gopher Apple

Seaside Primrosewillow American Pokeweed Procession Flower

Seaside Primrosewillow, American Pokeweed and Procession Flower

Narrow Leaved Sabatia Indian Hemp Caesarweed

Narrow Leaved Sabatia, Indian Hemp and Caesarweed

Mexican Clover Buttonweed Largeflower False Rosemary

Mexican Clover, Buttonweed and Largeflower False Rosemary

Coastalplain Palafox Frostweed

Coastalplain Palafox and Frostweed

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Last updated on 13-Sep-2012