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Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail

Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail (OSLT) is a 30+ mile double loop of roadways traversing some of the most beautiful and diverse natural scenery remaining in all of northeast Florida. There is ready access to the Atlantic Ocean, North Peninsula, Tomoka and Bulow Creek State Parks as well as numerous city and county parks. The roadway view includes unobstructed vistas of two rivers, creeks and marshes, barrier island dunes and beach, and historic dwellings. Visitors seeking a cultural and/or historic experience will find museums and historic public buildings and private homes along the corridor, in Tomoka State Park and in locations a few blocks off the designated roadways. Recreational opportunities abound with numerous parks and trails offering boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, bicycling, beach walking and much more. Vast expanses of water and natural Florida scrub vegetation create beautiful scenic vistas waiting to be photographed. Northern right whales and humpback whales can be seen offshore during migration seasons. Dolphins are a common sight. Loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles use the sandy beaches along A1A for nesting. Visit www.ormondscenicloopandtrail.com for more details.


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Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is a double loop of roadways, so the tour can begin at any spot along the route. For this description, we’ll begin at the intersection of A1A and Highbridge Road, heading west on Highbridge. Parks for picnicking, fishing and boating are located on both sides of Highbridge Road, just before crossing the drawbridge. Watch for wading birds and seasonal ducks in the canals and marshes beside the road and take note of the bicyclists who share this very narrow, scenic and winding road. At the stop sign, turn left onto Walter Boardman Lane. Parking is available at the low fishing bridge and further along at a walking trail through Bulow State Park. At the stop sign, turn left onto Old Dixie Highway, a 9-mile stretch of roadway running through an oak canopy and into open marshes. There is parking available at James Ormond Park and the Dummet Plantation Ruins. The entrance to Tomoka State Park, with restroom facilities is on the left before entering the residential section of Ormond Beach featuring the Halifax River/Intracoastal Waterway on the left. At the traffic light, turn left and cross the Granada Bridge which features grand river vistas, pedestrian paths on both sides and parks on all four corners. At the foot of the bridge, turn left onto John Anderson Drive, a narrow thoroughfare passing new and historic residences, pocket parks and opening into undeveloped property as you approach Highbridge Road once again. Turn right (east) onto Highbridge and right onto A1A, a two-lane state road which parallels the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll pass roadside parking for sea watching and beach access, several parks with picnic and restroom facilities, restaurants and historic sites. At the intersection of A1A and Granada Blvd. (SR 40) is a park on the ocean and shopping/restaurant facilities on the west. Turn right onto SR 40 to pass well-maintained sidewalks with specialty shops, a museum, gardens, tennis facility and The Casements—the historic former winter home of John D. Rockefeller which is open to the public.

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City of Ormond Beach
http://www.ormondbeach.org/

Volusia County Tourism
http://visitwestvolusia.com/

Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce
http://www.ormondchamber.com

Ormond Beach Historical Trust
http://ormondhistory.org/

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Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail

North Peninsula State Park – More than two miles of beautiful, unspoiled Atlantic beaches beckon visitors to this park. Across State Road A1A, this Florida haven shelters rare creatures such as Florida scrub-jays, indigo snakes, and gopher tortoises. Visitors can spend the afternoon swimming, sunning at the beach, or surf fishing. Bird-watchers will enjoy the native and migratory species seen in this park.
(386) 517-2086
www.floridastateparks.org/northpeninsula

Tomoka State Park – Native Americans once dwelled here, living off fish-filled lagoons. Today, these waters are 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-watchers paradise, with over 160 species sighted, especially during the spring and fall migrations. There are also nature trails, a museum, a boat ramp, and camping areas that visitors can enjoy.
(386) 676-4050
www.floridastateparks.org/tomoka

The Hotel Ormond Cupola – The Cupola from the Hotel Ormond (a small porch-like structure) was held in storage after the demise of the hotel in the late 1992. In 1997 the Cupola was reconstructed and placed as the center piece of Fortunato Park. Many interesting early photos and paintings are on display in the Cupola.
(386) 677-7005
http://www.ormondhistory.org/Cupola.htm