The Sunshine State is a haven for those who are looking to take a hike along the beach. While you can find beachside trails up and down the state, there is an unearthed gem on the east coast. This Florida hiking trail, Castle Windy Trail, will take you on a natural adventure along the shoreline.

The trail is part of the Canaveral National Seashore, a federally protected area that has grassy dunes and pristine, unspoiled beaches.

While most who venture to the Seashore come for the undisturbed beaches and the occasional shuttle launch, Castle Windy Trail will take hikers and bikers through an ecological wonderland along the coastline.

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The Trail sits in the Apollo Beach area that straddles South Atlantic Avenue. You can access the trail in New Smyrna Beach, a surfing spot on the east coast of Florida.

Devoid of hills, the trail is a perfect hike for beginners or for those who want a casual walk or bike trail.

The trail winds its way from the Atlantic Ocean to Mosquito Lagoon. Along the way, you'll walk or bike under the cover of tall live oak trees and lush sabal palms.

At the end of the trail, you will be greeted by the trail's namesake, Castle Windy, a shell midden that was developed in 1200 AD.

Because the trail is surrounded by water, if you choose to hike it during the summer, make sure to have mosquito repellant on hand.

The Castle Windy Trail is a hidden gem in the Sunshine State. With gorgeous plant life and beautiful water views, get your gear and explore this natural gem on the east coast.

Castle Windy Trail At Canaveral National Seashore

Price: $20 per vehicle, $10 per person or bike

Address: 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL

Why You Need To Go: This trail will take you under live oak trees and lush palms from the Atlantic Ocean to Mosquito Lagoon. 

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.