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. Upwards of 200 crowd spring run each winter.
Grab a spatula and start flipping pancakes! Once a Florida roadside attraction, De Leon Springs State Park still draws big crowds for its unique make-your-own-pancake restaurant with griddle top tables, set inside a historic sugar mill.
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
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.
From October 5-7, be a part of the National Trails Festival, a free hiking-focused event in Deland, Florida, presented by the Florida Trail Association. We’ll be launching our new 50 Hikes book during the event.