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 State Park - Walk among the ancients in Bulow Hammock, starting with the imposing Fairchild Oak, one of Florida's largest live oak trees
- Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park - History and natural beauty meet under a dense oak canopy at the ruins of one of Florida's oldest sugar mills
- Bulow Woods Loop - Stretching 5.2 miles through an primordial forest of sluggish, fern-lined waterways, ancient live oaks, magnolias, and cabbage palms, the Bulow Woods 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.
- Florida Trail, Ocala National Forest - 72.2 miles. Of all of the sections of the Florida Trail statewide, the Ocala National Forest is both the oldest section of the trail and the most compelling for backpackers.
- 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.
- Ocala National Forest - Established in 1908 as the first National Forest east of the Mississippi, the Ocala National Forest is a mecca for hikers as the birthplace of the Florida Trail.
- Ormond Memorial Gardens - Spilling across the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, Ormond Memorial Gardens leads you into a contemplative world mere steps from a major highway
- 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.