Hike Castle Windy Trail at Canaveral National Seashore

Castle Windy Trailhead

We were intrigued when we read that this is the only trail at this national seashore that allows you to walk from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mosquito Lagoon, crossing the entire barrier island.

Park across the road from the trailhead and visit the Atlantic ocean before crossing onto the Castle Windy Trail. The trail is shaded and a breeze is ever-present. There is a bench halfway down the trail that leads to Mosquito Bay and a picnic area.

We saw so many islands in the lagoon that we'll be back to kayak and explore them and may grab a permit to camp on them. One could spend hours on the beach looking at shells and watching the birds.

Pack List

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (we didn't run into any mosquitoes at 2:00 pm when we hiked the trail.)
  • Water
  • Bathing suit
  • Water shoes or similar if you swim on the lagoon side
  • $5 National Park Entry Fee
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RT Distance 1.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 5 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Forest
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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Short And Sweet

This hike takes you to a midden mound, but it's fenced off. It's by the most intriguing part of the Canaveral seashore (I'd recommend Turtle Mound), but the shaded hike is worth the extra 40 minutes if you have the time.


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