Explore the most popular trails near Ormond Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
14 days ago

This park is absolutely beautiful!! With cement and wooden deck trails the entire way! Very informational also:) There were signs describing all kinds of vegetation and wildlife along the way. The path borders a couple different small lakes, with plenty of outlooks and quiet benches... the lakes are full of friendly turtles too! Beautiful scenery!

The only reason it gets a four out of five rating is that the park covers several city blocks, and you will find yourself walking along the road on a side walk at times to get back on the paths.... often times for quarter mile stretches... this takes away from the natural feel, having to deal with traffic, and the sounds of city.

But overall a great park! Good for bikes and walking! Very kid friendly! There is a play ground at the beginning :)

Trail runs in and around a camp ground/ little bait store/ museum....you have to pay to enter the park itself though:( the trail is decent, and there are some interesting statues and docks... you are surrounded by water the entire way, which is nice and provides lots of opportunity to see wildlife. there are lots of little off shoots and dead end loops to explore... we had fun! there is nothing really to complain about. I’d do it again.

We parked off old Dixie Highway and got less than 1/4 mile down when the trail was blocked. This was actually good because the deer flies were so bad we were taking turns swatting them off each other. If you don’t mind running and swatting than it could be fun.

Beautiful

Well marked trails. Muddy in some spots but fun overall

hiking
11 months ago

The trail is flooded. Only about a half mile on each end is usable. The ruins are blocked off as well.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Very fun trail... but make sure you bring your bug spray. I've never seen so many mosquitoes and I've lived in Florida all of my life.

trail running
Monday, April 10, 2017

I am new to trails but loved the twist and turns. The shade was awesome as we got a late start, but amazing views.

Welcome to "Jurassic Park". Haha. Fun single track through the Jungle. Lots of roots in one spot, but overall very cool trail.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Great hike! 13 miles.
Begun at the Southern end and walked it back after reaching the Bulow Creek Plantation Ruins entrance. Definitely signs of wildlife such as deer, armadillo, raccoons, woodpeckers, etc. We pretty much did the Bulow Creek Hiking Trail, Wahlin Trailn, Fairchild Oak Trail, Pond Observation Trail and Hammock Trail all in one go.
We did step off the main trail in between Walter Boardman Rd and the power lines to go climb a tree (we do that often for some reason) and got lost in the thick palmetto brush. Good times!
The trails are very well shaded by the canopy but honestly, isn't very scenic. Some great spots to maneuver between fallen trees, chill at some nicely built boardwalks overlooking some flora and is a little muddy at the beginning. Heard about gators and snakes, saw none.
Either way, good time out there, very well marked trails and definitely recommended.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The entire hike circles a lake that is only in view a couple of times. It is also a paved walkway throughout the hike, with parts of the hike being along side the road.

scenic driving
Sunday, November 06, 2016

We enjoyed driving A1A right along the coast with the many ocean views. We had great late October weather...and even had the windows down and the Beach Boys blaring at one point. Lots of fun!

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Great trail, and scenery is absolutely beautiful it's just a short trail for running , will definitely be back!!

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

the North side of the bike trail was quite rooty. my gf wrecked but was ok. I saw gators, armidillos and a deer. very pretty

cross country skiing
Sunday, January 10, 2016

I traveled from North Florida looking for trails to hike with my dog. I was a bit thrown off at first by the residential neighborhoods surrounding the area including inside the state park. However, once we found Fairchild (make sure this is where you park) the trail was not crowded a bit. Typical Florida trail, flat, a little muddy, but some lovely scenery. Some swampy scenic area the first mile, a marsh second mile, a small stream past the third mile. We saw some tortoises & beautiful wetland birds. I took the trail in January so no problem with bugs! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Found this beautiful place while on a beach vacation. I can only handle so many days of staring at the surf with a beer in hand, so I did a little searching and tackled this trail on a muggy Florida day. Amazing trail, swampy and primordial. The flora was spectacular--huge live oaks in every direction, interspersed with swamps and scrubland. I truly felt transported to a pre-human era. Such a wonderous place, although the 5 or 6 huge black snakes I saw along the trail creeped me out a bit! Don't do this trail if you don't like reptiles!

hiking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This is a great trail that will take you through some "Real Florida." Start at the Fairchild Oak and hike through to the Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park. The trail will take you through pine forest, oaks, and along salt water marshes. We saw some ibis and a couple of wood storks. We hiked this in mid-February and there were no bugs but be prepared for some muddy hiking along the salt marshes. Also, if you're planning on checking out the plantation ruins at the end of the hike, make sure you have $4 in cash to pay the entrance fee. No cards accepted, exchange change only at the self-pay station. There is a shortcut that will shorten the overall length by about two miles, but I recommend the full trail for at least the trip to the ruins.

hiking
Monday, April 20, 2015

This makes a nice hike for a day when you're up for covering substantial distances, but want the trail conditions relatively easy. Yes, there will probably be some muddy and puddly stretches near the trail's north end, and yes you'll probably want insect repellent, but, well, this is Florida after all! We hiked this one as a there-and-back (about 13.5 miles) and found it a pleasant break from the Florida Trail sections we'd hiked inland earlier in the week--those were wilder and more remote, which is great, but they're often challenging to follow, and when they're flooded they're really, reeeaaally flooded. If you want to hike this as a there-and-back, I'd suggest starting from the south end (Bulow Creek State Park, which is free), where there are toilets and some beautiful old live oaks to gaze at as you gulp your drink before hitting the trail. There's a small free trailhead parking area at the north end, too (Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park), but don't count on wandering beyond it unless you plan to pay to tour the ruins--they're very strict about that. There's good birding in the canopied stretches of the trail, lots of lovely old-growth oaks and magnolias, and some interesting ferns and cycads as well. FloridaHikes.com has a decent trail description and map: http://floridahikes.com/bulowcreek.

hiking
Monday, April 20, 2015

We hiked this trail, starting at the Fairchild oak. It was canopy covered with oak trees. We followed the yellow blaze markers all the way to the plantation ruins. We battled deer flies and spider webs most of the way. Thankfully, no mosquitoes. The closer we got to the ruins it became quite flooded and mucky! It was an adventure. The only wildlife we seen was a tortoise. My advise, take lots of water. Don't think your going to replenish your water supply at the plantation ruins because the water coming out of the fountain there is horrible. It is brown and salty. I'm sure it's straight from the river.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

my wife and I biked this trail on the packed down parks it's was a nice ride but the mud sections were terrible all in all a nice ride

walking
Friday, August 29, 2014

I really enjoy leisurely walks along this trail with my dogs because it is scenic and close to home. There are several lakes with docks and fishing opportunities, a few areas of stream viewing, lots of beautiful flora and fauna to take in and it's not usually very busy. There are also nice facilities at the parking area. (If you are a photography enthusiast there are plenty of photo ops.)

walking
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This is a nice state park, which is very close to Ormond Beach. Here, many trails fan out, which I hiked most of them. The main attraction of this park is the Tomoka River, which dumps into the Halifax. In addition, a visitor center, campground, and interpretive trail also exist. I would not want to camp in FL (the heat and bugs), but nevertheless, it is a nice campground. From here, two trails connect to Ormond: the service maintenance road and the extended sidewalk. In addition, the Tomoka bridge provides a place to fish and look for manatees.

hiking
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Decent cardio trail. No elevation points. It's geared more towards trail running and hiking than mountain biking. Lots of roots and unstable ground. Gets quite muddy at the northern side. It's quite overgrown at parts but small enough not get off course.

hiking
Monday, August 20, 2012

You have to be extremely careful with this trail. First off, if you go in the hight of mosquito season, you may want to skip this trail. We hit the trail after two days of light rain and it was a beast. Bug spray helped but they still got me through my shoes - lesson learned about treating socks - and my shirt (need to treat ahead of time). On top of that, the trail was flooded in multiple locations. If the trail had been dry or I hadn't been hiking leading a youth group through the woods, the trail would have been a wonderful challenge and experience. I'm rating it three stars for the poor trail conditions and the high propensity for mosquito attacks.

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This is a section of the Bulow Hiking Trail and a spur to the west. It is reached from a trail head on Boardman Road. The spur takes you to a platform overlook of a with many birds. This year the is very low due to the drought so the birds are quite a distance away. The platform has no shade, carry sun screen. It is a pleasant hike and easy even for beginners.

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This is the same as the trail named "Bulow Woods Trail" (6.8 miles) traveling north to south then turning back and go south to north. Some variety by taking the short cut green blaze trail from the main trail (yellow) to Cisco ditch.

nature trips
Friday, January 27, 2012

This is an easy loop trail that starts and ends at the museum (closed for lack of funds) It is a nature trail that turns around at the vandalized statute of Chief Tomokie. One side of the trail is inland the other follows the Halifax River. Can be busy on weekends but few visitors on weekdays.

hiking
Friday, January 20, 2012

An easy trail. I hiked 6 1/2 miles from north to south. Starting at Bulow Plantation to Fairchild Oaks where I had left my car. If I didn't have a friend to help with transportation the round trip would have been 13 miles. The start is shaded by a heavy canopy and this time dry because of the long drought. The first bridge was over a dry creek the others were very low and hardly necessary. I've hiked this trail previously and the bridges were convenient. About one third of the way The trail crosses The Cisco Ditch, part natural, part manmade. Much of the trail is a maintenance/fire trail with little cover and requires sun screen. Just a bit before Boardman Rd. is a short spur trail to the west the Boardman Observation Platform on a pond with many water fowl which made a good lunch stop. A bit further the trail crosses Boardman Rd. and the canopy returns. Then comes a junction the west leg (yellow blaze) leads to substantial bridge over Bulow Creek and on to Fairchild Oaks the east leg (red blaze) is a loop leading back to the junction. The trail ends at Fairchild Oaks with its ancient Oak. I saw many birds, wild hogs, squirrels and, turtles and snakes as well as fish in the waters. The trail has recently been cleared and blazes repainted, easy to follow. Vandalism has closed the primitive camp site. All said it is a great, not challenging day hike

walking
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ok trail. Few different options, up to 2 miles I'd say. Walk, run, or bike. Few bodies of water along the way.

scenic driving
Sunday, October 17, 2010

This a great drive on the coast. If you start in Ormond Beach from State Road 40, head north on A1A. There are some beautiful beach houses on the right. After a while, the condos and hotels will thin out and eventually the road will be right along the coast, with nothing but some dunes and sea oats between you and the beach. On the west side of the road there's a variety of condos and beach houses interspersed with natural areas. There area also several parks along the route. Once you get into Flagler Beach, you'll be greeted by what I consider to be the definition of a Florida beach town. Little roadside motels, wacky beach houses (don't miss the pirate house!) and little diners abound. The Flagler pier, at the end of State Road 100, is a great spot to stop and get a better view of the beautiful coastline on foot.

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