Turtle Mound, created by Timucuan Native Americans, is a 50-foot high ancient hillock of shells containing 33,000-cubic yards of oyster shells covering 2 acres. Visible seven miles out at sea, early sailors used Turtle Mound as a navigational device. Archaeologists theorize that the Indians may have used the area as high-ground refuge during hurricanes. A popular activity near the Turtle Mound is catching blue crabs. Turtle Mound is located seven miles south of New Smyrna Beach on A1A. Turtle Mound and the southern end of A1A is part of the Canaveral National Seashore Park.


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