As the “Birthplace of Speed” in 1903, Ormond Beach was the first place in America where races took place along the hard-packed sands of its beaches. While the spotlight eventually shifted south to Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach has preserved vast estuaries between its barrier island and coast along the Tomoka River, with ancient hammocks dotted with historic sites.
Trails and Parks in Ormond Beach
- Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park - Beneath a dense canopy of cabbage palms and live oaks, the remains of a 19th century plantation rise from the forest floor at Addison Blockhouse State 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 Creek State Park - It's the trees that catch your attention at Bulow Creek, 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.
- Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park - Burned to the ground by a Seminole war party in 1836, the Bulow Plantation fell into ruins, and the remaining towering ruins of a sugar mill are the focus of Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park.
- 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.
- Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area - Formerly Flagler Beach State Park, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area stretches from the orange sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the windswept oak hammocks along the Intracoastal Waterway.
- North Peninsula State Park - Neatly accessed via "The Loop," a scenic drive that extends north from Ormond Beach, North Peninsula State Park has two tantalizing miles of oceanfront along a palm-rimmed line of dunes.
- Ormond Memorial Gardens - In the 1940s, Ormond Memorial Art Museum members hired noted landscape architect Henry Stockman to design the Ormond Memorial Gardens on relict sand dunes, landscaping to accent the art museum on site. It was dedicated as a memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War II.
- Tomoka State Park - Walk in the footsteps of the Timucua beneath the ancient oaks at Tomoka State Park. The peninsula was the site of the village of Nocoroco, a thriving community on the shores of the bountiful river.