Thanks to a string of state parks, county parks, and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge along the St. Johns River, DeLand has a lot of trails. West Volusia County has a nice variety of hikes, bike rides, and paddling trips to keep you busy for days.
Even better, many of them are connected together by the Spring-to-Spring Trail, a paved bicycle path that starts at Green Spring in Enterprise. Through DeLand, there are segments of the path between Blue Spring State Park and Lake Beresford Park, and again in the Glenwood area up to Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Ultimately, it will reach De Leon Springs State Park in De Leon Springs.
Just across the St. Johns River is the southeastern corner of the Ocala National Forest, with the St. Francis Trail and a long segment of the statewide Florida Trail accessible from Paisley.
Trails and Parks Near DeLand
Best Trails and Parks Around DeLand
Blue Spring State Park is well acclaimed for being the best place in Florida to see manatees in the wild, and we don’t mean a dozen or two. Think hundreds.
While pancakes and De Leon Springs go hand-in-hand thanks to the popular Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, the natural beauty of De Leon Springs is the reason to visit
An island in the St. Johns River, Hontoon Island State Park is accessible to boaters thanks to a marina big enough to accommodate a houseboat and to everyday visitors by a free ferryboat. It’s worth the short trip to see the bounteous wildlife of the St. Johns River, from wading birds to manatees to turtles lying in the sun.
Recent Additions and Updates
With a goal of connecting all three segments of the Spring to Spring Trail together using roads in between, John rides from Lake Monroe Park to De Leon Springs on a 25.6 mile route
We launched a new full-color edition of 50 Hikes in Central Florida at the National Trails Festival in Deland the first weekend of October. Take a peek inside.