Just east of Osteen, Hickory Bluff Preserve provides a new perspective on the St. Johns River from above, its loop trail winding along bluffs and down to a riverbank.
Hiking and biking in and around the small community of Osteen near the St. Johns River in Volusia County.
Using Beck Ranch Park as our launch point for a cycling adventure in Osteen, we discovered how easy it was to stitch together the local network of bike paths into a pleasant ride, with the Osteen Diner right at hand for lunch.
After watching the progress on the ECRRT at Osteen over the past year, John takes a ride to the east to see how far the new paved bike path goes
John explores the C2C between Osteen and the St. Johns River by starting at Lake Monroe Park and ending at Osteen, using the Spring-to-Spring and ECRRT trails through southern Volusia County
A vast ranch and pine plantation is undergoing ecological restoration at Deep Creek Preserve, where two loops – one 5.3-miles -provide hikers a place to roam
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.
The Coast to Coast Connector, or C2C, is a 250-mile paved bike trail route between St. Petersburg and Titusville. Follow our exploration along this route.
Just east of Osteen, Hickory Bluff Preserve showcases habitats along a 1.5-mile trail atop a bluff of notable size on a scenic stretch of the St. Johns River
For a quick dip into the beauty of the St. Johns River floodplain, the 1.5-mile Kratzert Trail offers a walk beneath ancient oaks and cabbage palms of enormous size
The 2.2 mile White Trail at Palm Bluff Conservation Area near Deltona provides a sampling of habitats found in the sweep of landscapes in this 3,321 acre preserve.