The central east coast of Florida is not really known for interesting roads. Most roads here are flat and straight with low speed limits and are full of old folks in no particular hurry. But if you care to get off the well-traveled path and see what others miss, here is one of Florida less known treasures.
I call this one the North Brevard loop. It starts and ends at U.S. 1 and Garden St. in Titusville and goes through Canaveral National Seashore park.
From Titusville you travel east and cross the Max Brewer causeway over the Indian River Lagoon. The view from the top of the bridge is great of the lagoon and much of Kennedy Space Center.The rocket launch complexes and vehicle assembly building can be seen very well.
Just after crossing the bridge, the speed limit goes up to 55 and you are on a smooth two-lane, out in a beautiful wilderness surrounded by gator filled marshes and areas of Florida prairie.
There is one stoplight near the entrance of Playalinda Beach park, where our route takes a left turn and heads north parallel to the coast.
Most days there is little to no traffic on this stretch of road.
After the turn you are not likely to see other cars for many miles. About 6 miles from the turn is a popular boat ramp and what you are likely to see is the occasional truck pulling a boat for the excellent fishing in the Mosquito lagoon. Past the boat ramp is beautiful unspoiled wilderness for over 10 miles till the road ends at US1.
At US1 take a left and its a nice ride down south back towards Titusville.
The entire run is about 42 miles and is a nice little escape. There are several good places to grab a bite along the way. Sometimes I’ll get a burger at the Moon Light drive-in on US1 about a mile south of the start point in Titusville just to get in the right cruising mood.
See you on the road!
Satellite images from Google Earth. All other pictures by David Wilhite