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Nature's beauty can be found here.


Viera is host to two of the largest wetlands and trail access areas in Brevard County. The Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands encompasses 200 acres of wildlife rich wetlands managed by the Natural Resources Management Office of Brevard County. The wetlands provide a biologically diverse ecosystem, affording visitors a close-up opportunity to view native wildlife and vegetation. Approximately 60,000 visitors a year access the wetlands, which are included in the East Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Gravel roadways provide a viewing path for birdwatchers, photographers and nature lovers who will likely see alligators, otters, bald eagles, sand hill cranes, herons, Crested Caracara and a myriad of other species of animal, bird and plant life.

A professor from the University of Florida was so amazed at the ability of so many different and varied plants and animals to co-habitat in the wetlands, he taught a 6-week course here due to the uniqueness.

Towers along the trail provide breathtaking views and several benches along the trail provide moments of reflection and observation.

Beyond the wetland areas you can venture into the Moccasin Island Tract, part of the 44,000 acre River Lakes Conservation Area managed by St. Johns River Water Management District, that will take you through several trails representing Florida history in the birds and wildlife you may discover there.

For more information about the Viera wetlands:
http://www.brevardcounty.us/environmental_management/VieraWetlands-Home.cfm