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Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA)

Address: Oslo Road, east of US1, Vero Beach, FL
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Ranked #11 of 14 Attractions in Vero Beach
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors

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Melbourne
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This hiking trail is flat and goes through canopy, open space and in-between. In the middle of the walk is a good sized lake (ok swamp) that a pier goes from the trail to about 50 yards out over the water. There are benches to sit and just soak in the sun, view and view the birds. Part of the... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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126 reviews 126 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The nature trail here is usally pretty bad. It's usually muddy. The mosquitos can actually pick you up and fly you back to your vehicle. There are lots better places to enjoy nature.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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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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Roseville, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Kenansville
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8 reviews 8 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
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 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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174 reviews 174 reviews
56 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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