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St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

 About St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Wildflowers and cypress trees grow in the swamp.


Dylan Gavagni

The cooler months of fall are upon us, the season Changes are evident in the colors. We may not have the leaves of the Smokies, but what we have is breathtaking none the less. The wildflower blooms in the fall are representation of our great Resource Management program, and the reward of growing season prescribed fire. The trails are lined with the brilliance of “blazing star”, and the simple beauty of biodiversity obvious in every square foot; hard work pays off.

Come enjoy over 60 miles of multi-use trail, visit the visitor center, or just go watch the river explode with life from the manatee observation deck. Whatever you do come enjoy the simplistic serenity of preservation. Trails are currently very wet in places and are designed for you to stay on the path to avoid sensitive ecosystems. So Please plan ahead, pack appropriately, and most defiantly enjoy your visit.

Park Manager; Dylan Gavagni


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The north entrance for the visitor center and Manatee Vista is off Babcock Street (County Road 507) just north of the C-54 Canal. Exit I-95 at County Road 514 to reach County Road 507. The south entrance is off Fellsmere Road (County Road 512) 1.8 miles east of I-95.




  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property.