Hike Castle Windy Trail at Canaveral National Seashore

Castle Windy Trailhead, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    5 Feet

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Forest
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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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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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Yvonne Levesque

Hiker, SUPer, originally from California and Maine now in Florida.

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