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Flagler County Trail
Historic Jungle Trail
Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge - See Eco-biking
New Smyrna Beach
Ormond Scenic Loop
Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area - See Eco-biking


Bike Flagler County TrailBike Flagler County Trail

Flagler County Trail - The trail runs along A1A in Flagler County from the northern county line at Marineland through Palm Coast to the southern county line at Flagler Beach. From Marineland south the trail runs more inland; from Beverly Beach south it runs along the beach - while there are views of the Atlantic Ocean and beaches, it does not run directly on the beach and portions are across A1A from beachside. It's more of a wide sidewalk (a narrow one in parts) than true bike trail; a few segments go off the road but mostly roadside. (Trip report: March 2016)

End Points: Marineland to Flagler Beach
Mileage: 19 miles
Surface: Concrete, 10'
Location: Flagler County (View map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Marineland, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Washington Oaks State Park
More Information (opens in a new window):
- Flagler County Chamber - Trails Guide
- Bike shops/rentals: PC Bikes (Palm Coast), Trailhead Bikes (Palm Coast)

Biking in Flagler Country along A1A
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Start of trail at Marineland Trail along the road Off-road segment Trail at Beverly Beach Trail at Flagler Beach

Bike Historic Jungle TrailBike Historic Jungle Trail

Historic Jungle Trail - The Historic Jungle Trail is an 8-mile sandy road on Orchid Island - a barrier island along the Indian River north of Vero Beach. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it was originally built in the 1920's so citrus growers could move their produce. At the north, the trail starts off A1A at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and to the south it ends on A1A at Old Winter Beach Road.

The well maintained road through coastal hammock is open to cars, but lightly used with few cross-streets or driveways. The hard-packed sand is fine for fat-tire biking, with just a few soft spots.

  • The northern portion starts at the Wildlife Refuge, with parking and restrooms. Although the road runs along the Indian River, the view is mostly blocked by vegetation. This is a more remote section, with few homes. Between the Wildlife Refuge orientation center and the viewing area (Centennial Trail, observation tower) may be more cars, but a worthwhile stop off the road.
  • In the middle portion starting at Savannah Drive (not a cross street), the trail winds around a golf course past homes and gated communities.
  • The southern end from Wabasso Beach Road runs along the Indian River with the best views of the water, also passing homes. Captain Forster Hammock Preserve in this section is a good spot to stop or use as a southern trailhead with parking and restrooms available. Jones Pier is another historic stop in this section, an old landing point for visitors and citrus. (Trip report: March 2017)

End Points: A1A in Vero Beach (at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and at Old Winter Beach Rd.)
Mileage: 8 miles
Surface: Hard-packed sand (a few softer spots)
Location: Indian River County (View map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Captain Forster Hammock Preserve, Jones Pier Conservation Area
More Information (opens in a new window):
- Vero News - Historic Jungle Trail
- Bike shops/rentals: Orchid Isand Bikes and Kayaks (rentals, sales, service), Alan's Bicycle Center (sales, service)

Biking on the Historic Jungle Trail
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Jungle Trail pull-off to Indian River Along the Historic Jungle Trail View of
golf course
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Along the Historic Jungle Trail Jungle Trail, view along Indian River Captain Forster Hammock Preserve The trail is well maintained, here
being smoothed out
Jungle Trail extension along Old Winter Beach Rd. (paved to A1A)
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
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At the orientation center Start of Centennial Trail to viewing area - no bikes, walking only At the observation tower, the planks list all NWR's since 1903

See also: paddling at St. Sebastian River


Biking New Smyrna BeachBiking New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach - A favorite among many Orlando area residents - a great town for biking and beach biking (at low tide). The beach is open to motor vehicle traffic so be careful of the cars, and also for pedestrians and children darting in and out. South of the 27th St. ramp the beach is closed to traffic, but the sand also gets softer."Old" New Smyrna Beach (around Flagler Ave.) is all bikeable but watch out for cars. (Reported: March 2012; latest update: Sept. 2015)

More NSB biking:

  •  A 4-mile paved bike path runs along Saxon Drive between A1A and 3rd St. (SR44), on one side is a tidal marsh with a parallel unpaved trail ("Rohola Trail") with several side-trails out to the Indian River.
  • At Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park off Sandpiper St. is a paved loop and an unpaved trail to a floating dock at Brown's Bay.
  • The New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail runs 2 miles from Sugar Mill Drive to West Pine Street at the edge of the downtown area, and eventually will be extended from I-95 to downtown and link to the planned Cross Volusia Trail.
  • A bike path runs along the Indian River on Riverside Drive from New Smyrna Beach south through Edgewater

End Points: New Smyrna Beach, access via vehicle ramps and pedestrian walkways
Mileage: Various, about 4 miles on Saxon Dr.
Surface: Hard-packed sand at low tide; Saxon Dr. trail is paved; unpaved through the woods riverside
Location: Volusia County (View map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Canaveral National Seashore, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Embry-Riddle University, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Bike shops/rentals: Beach Bike & Kayak (553 E 3rd Ave, NSB)
More Information (open in a new window):
- Volusia County - Parks and Trails

Biking at New Smyrna Beach
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On the beach, low tide On Saxon Drive bike path
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Start of Rohola Trail (18th Ave. and
Saxon Dr.)
Side-trail to Indian River Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park trail
and floating dock
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New Smyrna Beach Multi-use Trail Riverside Drive bike path - NSB to Edgewater

See more: photos of New Smyrna Beach on our Facebook page
See also: paddling at Callalisa Creek (New Smyrna Beach)
See also: paddling at Shipyard Island


Bike Ormond Scenic Loop and TrailBike Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

Ormond Scenic Loop - Although not our preferred off-road trail biking, we include the 30+ mile Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail due to its proximity to several state, county and city parks, historic sites, and beaches. This is actually a double loop (SEE MAP), that follows mostly lightly traveled roads, with varied scenery from ocean, to marsh, to oak canopy, along creeks and waterways - but also homes and businesses. Starting along A1A at the Flagler County line (where it links to the Flagler County Trail), the trail continues down A1A to route 40 in Ormond Beach, then either of the two loops will turn north back to start. Along A1A, note that much as in Flagler County, the trail is not on the beach but rather across the road from the beach. (Trip report: Dec. 2016)

End Points: Ormond Beach
Mileage: 30 miles
Surface: Paved, on-road with portions off
Location: Volusia County (View map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Tomoka State Park, Bulow Creek State Park, North Peninsula State Park, The Casements
More Information (opens in a new window):
- Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail
- Bike shops/rentals: Daytona Bicycle Center (Ormond Beach)

Ormond Scenic Loop near Tomoka State Park
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Route at Tomoka State Park,
on the road
Leaving Tomoka State Park
toward SR40, route goes off road
into the woods (parallel to Beach St.)
Beach Street toward SR40

See also: Paddling at Tomoka State Park and on Bulow Creek

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