At the south end of Volusia County, historic New Smyrna Beach – right on the Atlantic Ocean – is home to Canaveral National Seashore.
While the hikes here are mostly short – except for the famed wilderness beach walk to Playlinda Beach – there are many public lands sweeping west of Interstate 95 through prairies and pine flatwoods, cypress domes and dark hardwood forests.
Trails in New Smyrna Beach
- Castle Windy- At Canaveral National Seashore, Castle Windy is the only trail that takes you from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mosquito Lagoon, a shady walk through a coastal hammock to a windswept shoreline
- East Central Regional Rail Trail- Following a historic railroad corridor through southern Volusia County, the 37-mile East Central Regional Rail Trail (ECRRT) links together Edgewater, Maytown, Osteen, and Enterprise while showcasing wild landscapes along the route.
- Eldora Hammock Trail- At Canaveral National Seashore, the Eldora Hammock Trail provides an interpretive loop through the beauty of a lush coastal hammock, highlighting the tropical understory below.
- Lake Ashby Park- Explore the cypress-lined shore of Lake Ashby on a gentle trail system consisting of a boardwalk and easy pathways beneath deep shade along the lakeshore.
- Seminole Rest Trail- The accessible Seminole Rest Trail provides interpretive information about a historic and archaeological site at Canaveral National Seashore along the shores of the Indian River Lagoon.
- Smyrna Dunes Park- At Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach, the 2-mile hiking trail is a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, with side trips off to the sea via more rugged approaches.
- Sugar Mill Gardens- Yep, that's a stegosaurus hiding in the bushes. Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens has had a lot of faces over the ages, including a stint in the 1950s as Bongoland, a roadside attraction full of not-so-scary dinosaurs.
- Sugar Mill Ruins Park- At Sugar Mill Ruins Park in New Smyrna Beach, an interpretive trail tells the story of the Cruger-dePeyster Sugar Mill, established in 1830 and abandoned in 1835 after a Seminole raid
- Turtle Mound Trail- At Canaveral National Seashore, the Turtle Mound Trail leads you to a promontory from which you can see both the Atlantic Ocean and Mosquito Lagoon.
Nearby communities: Daytona Beach, Deland, Deltona, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Sanford, Titusville