Al Weeks Sr. North Shore Park opened in June 2010 as part of the county’s continuing effort to provide beachfront recreation and off-beach parking. It offers 100 paved parking spaces, Dune walkovers, including a ramp for disabled beachgoers, bicycle racks, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and grills.
Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. John's River. Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. During manatee season, which approximately runs from mid-November through March, several hundred manatee can be viewed atop the spring’s overlooks on cold days.
The Bulow Creek State Park is home to the 400 year old Fairchild Oak, one of the oldest trees in the Southern United States. The park also protects nearly 5,600 acres, more than 1,500 of which are submerged lands.
Central Park consists of four parks totalling 149.1 acres. There are two gazebos and picnic pavilions within the parks with several picnic tables and outdoor grills. A large peaceful lake is situated on the property with fishing and viewing access provided by the Joyce Ebbets fishing pier as well as a canoe/kayak ramp. The newest addition to Central Park II is a labryinth. This project was organized by the Baliker and Bertrand families of Ormond Beach and was entirely funded by both financial and in-kind donations from individuals, private businesses and civic groups. The labyrinth, which is located on Hammock Lane, took nine months to complete.
Fortunato Park is a 2.6 acre riverfront park located just east of the Granada Bridge across from Rockefeller Gardens. The park offers scenic views of the Halifax River. The park is also home to the Ormond Hotel Cupola which is a historic landmark. Paved walking trails surround the grounds. The park is open from 6 am to 10 pm.
Lake George State Forest is part of an extensive wildlife corridor that provides habitat and roaming area crucial to the survival of the Florida black bear population in the area. Lake George State Forest is one of several publicly owned tracts of land encircling Lake George, the second largest lake in Florida. The St. Johns River borders 3 1/2 miles of the forest and provides a wealth of ecologically valuable communities as well as river-based recreation. The forest contributes to water resource protection of the Lake George watershed and to aquifer recharge.
Wildlife that make their home on the forest include the bald eagle, sandhill crane, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and bobcat. Lake George State Forest offers many recreation opportunities. Bluffton Recreation Area is located on the St. Johns River and offers fishing, picnicking, and hiking on a 3/4-mile interpretive nature trail. While there is no boat ramp available, canoes, kayaks, and small jon boats may be launched from the bank. Fishing is also available at Jenkins Pond.
The forest is open to visitors during daylight hours. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians are welcome on roads, designated trails and permanent fire lines.
Lighthouse Point Park is at the southern tip of Ponce Inlet. The natural beauty of the undisturbed land has been preserved for all to enjoy. Dolphins frequent the shoreline, gopher tortoises can be found in sandy areas, and other wildlife (including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey) can be observed. The 52-acre park features fishing, nature trails, an observation deck and tower, swimming and pavilions.
Nestled on six acres between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, this quiet spot south of New Smyrna Beach features a boardwalk on the ocean side and a fishing pier on the river side -- where visitors often catch a glimpse of manatees.
Amenities abound, with beach access for swimmers and basketball and tennis courts for the athletes. A community building complements the overall setting. The children's playground is near the pavilion, barbecue grills, picnic tables and restrooms.
The Ocala National Forest is the southernmost forest in the continental United States and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest.
The Forest has more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first-magnitude springs where visitors can swim, snorkel, and dive in their crystalline waters year-round.
Reed Canal Park is a 35-acre natural area including a small lake. The park features shell walking trails in the nature area, picnic facilities and restrooms, multipurpose field for flag football/soccer, a barrier free playground, disc golf course, lighted concrete paths around the lake and picnic facilities for large and small groups. The lake is used for the model sailboat club, area fishermen, and hosts the Enchanted Forest Program, an alternative to scary Halloween activities.
Visitors to Smyrna Dunes Park may arrive by land or by sea. Perched on 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is surrounded by water on three sides. Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean providing a variety of fishing or swimming venues for park goers. The park consists of five ecosystems (ocean, river, dunes, scrub zone, saltwater marsh). The principal system is vast sand dunes. To protect the sensitive sand dunes from foot traffic, two miles of elevated walkways, picnic areas, pavilions and an observation tower were built, allowing visitors to travel through the park in a natural environment.
Smyrna Dunes Park is one of a few county parks where man’s best friend may enjoy the amenities. However, pets must be leashed at all times.
Beachgoers can sun, splash and beat the heat at Volusia County’s four-acre Sun Splash Park at South Atlantic Avenue and Revilo Boulevard in Daytona Beach. The park also provides 162 off-beach parking spaces.
Tiger Bay State Forest was named after its largest physiographic feature, Tiger Bay, an extensive wetland that provides a critical aquifer recharge for the local area. Pine islands dot the extensive hydric swamp forest and comprise 40 percent of the property. Also found on the forest are two lakes, Indian Lake and Scoggin Lake, and several ponds. Coon Pond is a natural water body, while Rattlesnake Pond, Woody Pond and Ranch Pond are man-made ponds that are available to the public for fishing. Three unnamed man-made ponds are also located on the forest. Recreational activities include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking, boating, fishing, hunting, nature study and photography. Horseback riding and bicycling are allowed only on forest roads, firelines and designated trails.
The Outpost offers rentals for kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, boat tours, fishing charters, as well as selling firewood, camping goods, candy, snacks, sodas, water, beer, wine and there very own Tomoka EPA brew.
Tomoka State Park is located off Beach Street just north of Ormond Beach. This park is popular for canoeing, boating, and fishing. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species, such as the West Indian manatee. Tomoka is a bird-watcher's paradise, with over 160 species sighted, especially during the spring and fall migrations. Visitors can stroll a one-half mile nature trail through a hardwood hammock that was once an indigo field for an 18th century British landowner. A boat ramp gives boaters and canoeists access to the river. The Park Store offers snacks, camping supplies, and canoe rentals.
Toronita Avenue Beach Park offers 150 off-beach parking spaces, family style restrooms, showers, bike racks, bench seating, pedestrian beach access via the Toronita Avenue Beach Ramp.
This popular park is also just one block east of the Wilbur Boathouse facility located waterfront on the scenic Wilbur Bay. The boathouse has public facilities including a fishing pier and kayak launch complete with a floating dock platform.