Location: Oak Hill
Length: 0.3 mile
Fees / Permits: none
Bug factor: moderate
This is an excellent place for views of Mosquito Inlet and a picnic lunch in the breeze. A canoe launch is nearby. Tours of the historic buildings may be offered; contact the park for details.
From Interstate 95 exit 231, drive east on Stuckaway Road for 1 mile to US 1. Head north for 6.9 miles. At East Halifax Avenue in Oak Hill, turn right and drive east 1 mile. The road becomes River Road and you’ll see the park entrance on the right.
A paved path, the Seminole Rest Trail provides an easy stroll around Seminole Rest, a former plantation on the Indian River. Sitting atop a series of large middens topped with cedars and an oak hammock – it holds thousands of years of history, first as a coastal encampment for Florida’s early peoples (2000 B.C. – 1040 A.D.) and during the Spanish period, home for the Ais and Timucua Indians.
There are two historic buildings on site, including the Instone House, a plantation home built before the 1890s, and an caretaker’s cottage of a similar vintage. The interpretive trail follows the shoreline and then loops around the buildings to parallel a mangrove-lined slough on the return trip. You’re directly across from Eldora Hammock in the main portion of the National Seashore.