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Captain Forster Hammock Preserve

Captain Forster Hammock Preserve is a hidden gem on the Indian River in Vero Beach that goes from the river to the ocean. This 3/4 mile maintained trail passes through wonderful oak hammocks and wetland areas directly to the ocean. When you cross A1A the trail continues through another forested canopy ending under a stand of Australia pines with chairs and benches. Because this property in in the town of Indian River Shores, the beach is pet friendly. Restrooms and water are at the trailhead but not at the beach. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Captain Forster Hammock Preserve has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido.

    Mar. 13, 2022
    Great trails.

    Nice trails, multiple smaller trails that loop back to main trail, a little sun, a lot of shade, we didn't see any alligators but did see a crane. You have to cross A1A without a crosswalk to continue to the ocean.

  • Ronald
    Mar. 15, 2021
    Nice visit

    I live in Melbourne, and my sister lives in Vero, so we decided to meet with our dogs midway. OK, close to midway. We had a very pleasant walk here. The dogs really enjoyed it. Nice trails, but I can see it would be a mess if there had been a recent rainfall. But, without any recent rain, it was very nice. Shaded so it wasn't too hot. Finished up driving to Sebastian to eat a nice late lunch at dog-friendly Sebastian Train Depot.

  • Kim
    Jan. 26, 2021
    Great Walking Trail!

    This trail is gorgeous and shaded, lush with palms and ferns. Both our dogs and we enjoyed it immensely. There is a parking area with restrooms. The most immediate trail ends at a divided highway. We turned around there, but according to a map I saw later, we could have crossed the road and kept going. The walk we did (about 1.5 miles roundtrip) tired out the dogs, and it was plenty. Highly recommend!

  • Alex
    Dec. 15, 2020
    Nice Little Nature trail.

    Nice little nature trail to take out the dogs. Saw a few turtles and that's about it. It was a bit soggy but manageable.

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