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Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA)

Oslo Road, east of US1, Vero Beach, FL
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Ranked #12 of 27 attractions in Vero Beach
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Most recent review
- Jun 30, 2014
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Vero Beach, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Rustic trails wend through mesic (moist) hammock, scrubby pine flatwoods, and xeric (dry) hammock to coastal wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon on the north side of Oslo Road. A fifteen foot observation tower overlooks an impounded wetland where birders have seen ducks, roseate spoonbill, reddish egret, osprey, kingfisher and other birds. The south side of the Oslo Road has... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

No frills. Small parking area and trails through and around mangrove swamps on banks of Indian River Lagoon. No modern conveniences, just nature at its natural best

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This was a familiar boating and fishing venue from childhood. Still looks good even though a busier place. Grateful that the ORCA has made passive use of the area available for outdoorsy folks.

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Vero Beach, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

mixed hardwoods at the first bit of the trail then changing to a longer trail in magroves, the mangrove walk is a bit boring because of the resticted views, there's an boardwalk and platform that overlooks a tidal marsh area-good for birding-best if you go at low tide, quite often reddish egret, on couple had an encounter with a alligator... More

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Vero Beach, FL
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63 reviews 63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The Oslo Riverfront Conservation area - ORCA is a 440 acre natural preserve of native Florida vegetation that borders the Indian River lagoon estuary. It has several different nature trails that cross mangrove swamps and pine woods. It can be a bit of a rugged walk so dress appropriately. There are no bathroom facilities, so plan ahead. At 9 a.m.... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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138 reviews 138 reviews
50 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

If you go all the way you will experience a huge observation tower and see amazing wild life and views. Make sure you look for the crabs scurrying below. Plan on a two hour walk.

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Vero Beach, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

if you go wear comfy clothes, maybe some skeeter spray. Paths can be a bit rough or muddy if there has been a storm. Bring your camera you can take pictures of native plants and any wildlife you may come upon.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I visited this with my dogs while my husband was in rehabilitation for a fall. I don't know if it was due to the stress of his 4 month illness or it was the environment - but I went here several times in December 2012 and January 2013. Very few mosquitos. So glad the ORCA was there when I needed... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is an easy walk in the woods. There are several loops that you can use so you can adjust this trail from a short 1/4 walk to several miles. See forest, piney flats and marsh all in one hike.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Follow the narrow trail and you'll come to a lake with a nice look out. You are apt to see some of Florida's famous birds.

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