Maritime Hammock Sanctuary

Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, day use only.

The Maritime Hammock Sanctuary is in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge west of A1A on the barrier island. This 150-acre sanctuary features a hiking trail with 2 bridges, boardwalk over wetland areas, and an observation deck over a marsh pond. Visitors experience a variety of protected barrier island habitats: coastal strand, maritime hammock, and mangrove forests. A portion of this sanctuary was once the site of an exotic plant nursery. Many of the nonnative plants that were grown at the nursery, such as Madagascar periwinkle and asparagus fern have escaped into the hammock. An intensive nonnative invasive plant removal project is underway.

Acquired in partnership with the State of Florida.

Maritime Hammock Sanctuary Sign
Creek flowing through brush
Trail through trees and palm fronds
Winding path through brush
Maritime Hammock Sanctuary Entrance
Brush and palm fronds



Wildlife Viewing

Do's and Don'ts

  • Stay on the trail for personal safety and protection of the natural environment.
  • Removal of plants, animals, archaeological, or cultural resources is prohibited.
  • Do not feed, disturb, or harm wildlife.
  • Pets, smoking, alcohol, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. No Hunting allowed.

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