Walk in the footsteps of the Timucua beneath the ancient oaks at Tomoka State Park, the park accessed by a lengthy sand road leading out to the end of a windswept peninsula where the Tomoka River pours into the Tomoka Basin estuary. Take soft steps within this forest as you walk paths that echo the past. The peninsula was the site of the village of Nocoroco, a thriving community on the shores of the bountiful river.
Location: Ormond Beach
Fees: $4-5 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
The long-vanished Timucua are commemorated with an huge installation from 1957 by Fredrick Dana Marsh. Called “Legend of Tomokie,” it features Chief Tomokie at the top of a wall of warriors. With missing bits and pieces above the reflecting pool, it’s not in the best of shape, but here’s hoping this historic piece of art can be preserved.
A favorite getaway for urbanites thanks to the breezy, shady campground, Tomoka State Park offers canoe rentals, a boat ramp, great bank fishing, and a nature trail. Across from the park’s main entrance, there is a 1-mile paved path, the Woodham Woods Trail, and in the opposite direction, a picnic area along the river. If you’re camping at the park, you’ll want to bring your bicycle to get around on the park’s roads and trails.