Last Sunday I rode my bicycle from Shepard Park over to Rio Nature Park. I decided to take Old Dixie and cross over the Old Roosevelt Bridge. Upon leaving Shepard’s parking lot, I rode along the pink bricks of SE Atlanta Avenue, and then along the sidewalk until I reached Old Dixie under the new bridge. The bridge opened while I was crossing which gave me an opportunity to watch some dolphins and gaze at boats. I suggest you follow Old Dixie crossing over the railroad tracks when you reach Alice Street, then turn left and it is a short distance to the park.
I had a fantastic time at Rio Nature Park. I was able to capture video of an osprey and cardinal on a tree together. It’s for sure that you will see ospreys if you go soon because a family is nesting there. It was awesome to see the chicks being fed.
The park does not have a dedicated parking lot but there is a small space alongside NE Alice Street where two or three cars can park. It’s not a place you go to ride your bike. I walked my bike along the short trail that leads to the St. Lucie River. It was early morning and the temperature was perfect. It’s really a very lovely spot to watch for birds.