It’s the trees that catch your attention at Bulow Creek State Park, from the canopied road leading to the park to the imposing Fairchild Oak standing guard over the main entrance to the ancient Bulow Hammock itself, which the park’s network of trails winds through.
Location: Ormond Beach
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
The park’s primary entrance showcases the Fairchild Oak. It’s an imposing presence that would take a good eight people holding hands to encircle the base of the tree. Thought to be more than 2,000 years old, its limbs are so thick they embed themselves in the ground.
For the children, a short walk on the Wahlin Trail is in order, where you can see a bubbling artesian freshwater spring flowing out of the hillside while the aroma of a sea breeze is all around you.
It’s like stepping into Jurassic Park along waterways feeding the creek: the tall canopy of ancient southern magnolias, sweetgum, and oaks, the giant leather ferns that tower over your head, and the primitive coontie plants that sprout everywhere throughout the forest.
Additional access points for day hiking, backpacking, and paddling are along Walter Boardman Road and the entry road to Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park.
Explore the park
- Bulow Creek Loop - Stretching 5.2 miles through an primordial forest of sluggish, fern-lined waterways, ancient live oaks, magnolias, and cabbage palms, the Bulow Creek Loop is one of North Florida's most scenic hikes.
- Bulow Woods Trail - A linear connector between Bulow Creek State Park and Bulow Plantation Ruins, the Bulow Woods Trail parallels the flow of this freshwater creek near the sea.