Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands is a pet-friendly attraction in Melbourne, FL. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on this loop trail that extends for nearly three miles through natural Florida habitat full of birds and other wildlife. It's a great place to take Fido for a fairly long walk, but keep an eye out for alligators and snakes that also call this wetland home. Give their hotline a call to check on the current trail status before you visit. Visit Website

Or call (321) 255-4488 or email UtilityServicesContact@BrevardFL.gov for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Dayna
    Aug 2, 2023
    Temporarily closed?

    august 2023- I thought the wetlands were closed to all visitors.

  • Christina
    May 1, 2022
    Easy to maneuver

    initially skeptical to locate, but literally at the very end of the road. you can’t miss it! ..very flat dirt paths, easy to walk along. no luck on wildlife, though the pups received a ton of love from other families :) not too many areas to conveniently stop in shade for water, though my dogs powered through it and enjoyed it! definitely looking forward to going again !

  • Stephanie
    Dec 31, 2021
    Great location!

    love love love this place! tons of wildlife here (yes, incl. alligators and snakes - saw gators in the water, no snakes. I mean it is Florida after all!) parking lot has restrooms (porta-potties - but they were clean). wide trail, not crowded at all. truly a great place to walk and enjoy Florida wildlife with your pup!

  • Ronald
    Mar 9, 2021
    A nice trail, but watch out for the gators

    My 2 yr old dachshund enjoyed his walk here. There are a lot of birds to see, and also alligators. We saw four, one in the water, three sunning themselves along the water's edge, near the trail. It got a little spooky seeing them (one was kind of small, one big, and one a monster), and thankfully Yogi paid no attention to them and didn't start barking. I did pick him up when we saw the monster. But, although there are gators and snakes (although we saw none of those) it's a nice place to take Fido for a good walk.

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