Ponce Preserve Trail is a 0.9 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.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 13 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

beach

river

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.

hiking
12 days ago

A hidden gem! Absolutely gorgeous & don’t be afraid to break off onto the little side trails, TOTALLY WORTH IT!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Very nice walk, not really a hike. We avoided the $10 parking fee by parking on the side street between the beach and the lighthouse. The boardwalk trail (accessed via the beach) was fun and well-maintained with pretty views.

walking
4 months ago

Mostly boardwalk, it takes you out on the jetty at Ponce Inlet directly across from New Smyrna Beach. There's a short path that also goes from the beach around toward the Halifax River directly across from the lighthouse. I started this "hike" from Winter Haven Park further north on the beach. It's about 2 miles from the listed start of this trail but the parking is free and it's nice walk along the beach.

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is well managed. Extremely pet/family friendly. Weather was unfavorable during my visit, but still very enjoyable. There is something special about a trail that goes from the ocean to the river.

11 months ago

easy walk 6000 steps

hiking
no shade
Thu Feb 28 2019

Mon Nov 05 2018

More of a park, than a trail... or two parks .... but still very well laid out and very beach park feeling. There is a parking fee if you park at the inlet park, but this can be avoided if you park in between it and the light house along the road. The light house park also costs to enter.... There are some trails and some riser site seeing view points that are private, but most of this is park feeling and open... you can’t beat the iconic walk out of the inlet pier though:) awesome congregation area for locals and tourist alike... high surfer, fisherman and boat traffic area. Tons to see and experience! Not a lot of shade on this one!

Sat Apr 15 2017

Nice place for a walk or some photography. $10 for a day pass is a bit steep, though.

walking
Mon Feb 27 2017

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

hiking
Sun Nov 06 2016

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!

hiking
Wed Jul 20 2016

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.

Sat Apr 30 2016

Beautiful

walking
Sat Dec 13 2014

Easy beautiful walk by the beach.

hiking
Tue Jan 14 2014

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.

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Mon Mar 18 2019

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Sat Mar 02 2019

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Wed Jan 16 2019

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Tue Jan 01 2019

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Sun Oct 30 2016

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Sun May 15 2016

Sun Feb 07 2016