Ponce Preserve Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Port Orange, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
It is on a barrier island and goes from the Atlantic Ocean to the Halifax River (estuary) and it crosses both Peninsula Dr. and A1A. The west leg goes from Peninsula Dr. to the Halifax River and is a boardwalk over a marsh. The east leg crosses A1A and goes to the Ocean Beach. It can be a loop. The boardwalk is a bit short a mile has several shelters used for fishing and shelter and docks to launch and/or board a small boat. The east leg traverses some dunes to the beach. It has a small viewing tower and an ancient oak. The dunes can be a bit strenuous with bare tree roots.
Very easy, short, shaded trail. Ponce Inlet park is dog friendly so pets are definitely allowed.
It does require a $10 fee or an annual pass to park inside, but if you want to bypass it, there is a trail or use the beach.
It's exceptionally beautiful at Ponce Inlet
We parked in the lot between the lighthouse and the boatyard, walking in on S Peninsula Drive and saving the $10 fee to park. The views of the beach and inlet are wonderful, particularly from the jetty. We enjoyed somewhat successfully dodging the waves crashing on the rocks. A very memorable experience!
Grew up hiking in the mountains of Colorado. Now that I have a family including two kids (10 & 11), I decided to pass the bug on to them and teach them about nature and how to read the sun to know where you are at. This was a great beginning trail because you can absolutely not get lost. They loved it and are now looking forward to our next hiking adventure.
Easy beautiful walk by the beach.
The boardwalk is usable by wheel chairs, carriages and bikes.
The beaches have little shelter from the sun. Carry sun screen!
It should be easy for beginners and children with adults.