Apollo Beach at Canaveral National Seashore

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Apollo Beach at the northern entrance of the 24-mile long Canaveral National Seashore is located seven miles south of New Smyrna Beach.

Like all 3 sections of the Seashore’s beaches, Apollo Beach is undeveloped with no designated picnic areas, phones, food, or drinking water. However, several locations have paved parking lots, restrooms and beach boardwalks. There also are limited beach access points for those with disabilities.

Surfing and surf fishing and exploring several short nature trails are popular activities. Guided tours, outdoor activities and other events are regularly scheduled. For dates and activities, check here.

It happens that all of Canaveral National Seashore’s four nature trails are located in the Apollo Beach section. They include Turtle Mound, an ancient hillock of oyster shells left by the extinct Timucuan Indians.

The Eldora State House trail leads to an impressive 1800s building from the vanished town of Eldora that once contained 200 residents. The restored home is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday noon-4; call ahead to verify hours (386) 428-3384.

Two other nature trails are the Eldora Hammock Trail that goes through a thick coastal forest infested with mosquitoes, and the Castle Windy Trail, an interpretive nature trail.

Directions: From Orlando, take State Road 528 (Beach Line Expressway) to I-95 and go north toward Jacksonville. From I-95, take the Exit 249 onto State Road 44 toward DeLand/New Smyrna Beach and go east to New Smyrna Beach (about 20 miles). Just before the main downtown New Smyrna area, watch for the junction of SR 44 with Canal Street and Lytle Avenue. Turn right onto Lytle Avenue, which becomes A1A and the South Causeway crossing over the Halifax River. Follow A1A south for 7 miles to the National Seashore northern entrance, at Apollo Beach,

Pets are allowed on the lagoon-side of the park, but must be kept on a leash. Pets are not allowed on the beach.

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