Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Sign for the Enchanted Forest SanctuaryLocated in the southern limits of the City of Titusville, the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary preserves the diversity of the natural habitats found in Brevard. Several miles of hiking trails allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sanctuary.

There is a wonderful wealth of plant life in the Sanctuary as both temperate (northern) and subtropical (southern) species grow here together.

Habitat Types

There are five basic habitat types in the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary:

  • Mesic and hydric hammock
  • Oak
  • Pine flatwood
  • Scrub
  • Wet prairie

Wildlife Species

Wildlife species found here include the:

  • Bobcat
  • Eastern Indigo snake
  • Florida scrub lizard
  • Gopher tortoise
  • White-tailed deer

The Center

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management and Education Center provides:

  • A gift shop
  • Interpretive educational exhibits
  • Offices
  • A reference library
  • Restrooms
  • Two 25 person capacity classrooms

In addition, the Center features an exterior screened porch and walkway, an outdoor screened porch and walkway, an outdoor amphitheater, and the Enchanted Crossing-an interpretative nature trail with a stabilized surface for universal accessibility. The center is ideal for field trips, research projects, seminars, educational opportunities abound.

Address / Phone

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary
444 Columbia Boulevard
Titusville, FL 32780

Phone: 321-264-5185

Holidays

The Center is closed on Mondays, as well as the following holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Independence Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
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Air Plants

In the Enchanted Forest, many of the majestic oak’s branches host thick green air plants stretching out for many yards. Visitors, photographers, and educational classes will be thrilled to observe hundreds if not thousands of our states’ largest air-plant, Tillandsia utriculata.

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Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to the Enchanted Forest. Join in the fun while you help preserve the Sanctuary’s natural beauty for the future. Here are just a few of the ways you can become involved and share your talents:

  • Educational Tours
  • Exotic Plant Control
  • Grant Writing
  • Greeting Visitors
  • Hike Desk
  • Interpretative Guiding
  • Landscaping
  • Newsletter
  • Photography

The possibilities are endless.

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Sign for the Addison CanalAddison Canal

The Addison canal was built in 1912 to drain land along the St. Johns River Floodplain for agriculture. Although never completely finished the canal changed the water drains through the Enchanted Forest.

Water that used to flow west now flows east into the Indian River Lagoon.Plants Growing Along a Canal

Despite its negative impact on the environment, the canal allows us a peek into the creation of the Atlantic Coastal Ridge. Its walls reveal ancient layers of sand and shells that tell us this ridge was once a sand dune. Roughly 120,000 years ago, you would have been standing at the edge of the ocean.

Addison Canal Trail

A Local Nature Lover Admires One of the Many Impressive Ferns & Plants Along the Addison Canal Trail

A Tourist Visiting the Addison Canal Trail

Other Trails

Many well-marked primitive trails are also available.

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A Golden Silk SpiderGolden Silk Spiders

Just off the trail Golden Silk Spiders can be seen weaving their webs. The silk spider is named for its web which glistens like golden thread. The arachnid is sometimes called the banana spider because of the female’s long, yellow body. The golden spider feeds on small flying insects that become trapped in its large strong web. This spider eats more insects than most birds can consume. Did you know? The female spider often eats the male after mating.

A Gopher TortoiseGopher Tortoise

The forest is home to The Gopher Turtle or Tortoise, Gopherus polypnemus, is found in areas with dry ground in north and central Florida. Juveniles have bright tan and brown shells while the shells of adults are darker. The front legs are flat and heavily scaled. They reach a length of 12 inches. Gopher Tortoises create burrows up to 30 feet long with dens at the ends. The burrows are used by over 300 species of animals who use them for protection against bad weather, predators, and fire.

Wild Boars

One of the Few Remaining Wild Boars Being Trapped & Removed from the Enchanted Forest

A Wild Boar

A Nine-Banded ArmadilloNine-Banded Armadillo

  • Range: Through Florida, Texas, Mexico, and South America
  • Body length: 15 to 17 inches
  • Tail: 14 to 16 inches
  • Weight: 8 to 17 pounds

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

..... A place of beauty and wonder for visitors of all ages.