With greater than 72 miles of paved path, Volusia County is a biker’s paradise.

It has extra miles of path than all however three of Florida’s 67 counties, based on a Information-Journal evaluation, permitting you to bike alongside eye-catching springs, previous oaks and pine bushes, sweet-smelling citrus and wildflowers, and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

For the long-distance riders, greater than 45 miles of path fully inside Volusia County’s borders are already linked, crossing from Lake Monroe to only a couple blocks from the Indian River Lagoon in Edgewater. For those who throw within the connections in Seminole and Brevard counties, you may journey as much as 65 miles one-way.

The county has spent greater than $1 million per 12 months on trails since 2004 — not too long ago upping the annual dedication to $1.5 million — and the state has helped shoulder the prices of constructing out biking infrastructure countywide.

Listed below are a number of the gems price testing in several corners of Volusia County.

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Inexperienced Springs Park in DeBary

1. Inexperienced Springs Park is ideal place to start out an extended trip

Inexperienced Springs is an underrated spot for hopping on the path in Volusia County.

It is situated solely 3 miles from Interstate 4 and connects to each the Spring-to-Spring Path and the East Central Regional Rail Path, so you may select your journey and bike for dozens of miles in both route.

The spring itself is one among Florida’s unusual sulfur spring, and its waters glow a milky inexperienced year-round. Small alligators can usually be seen swimming within the translucent water.

Positioned simply off the northeastern shore of Lake Monroe, it is seconds away from the Lake Monroe Boat Ramp, a stunning spot to look at the sundown.

Location: 994 Enterprise Osteen Street, Deltona

Hours: Open each day from dawn to sundown

Admission: Free

A cyclist rides the East Central Regional Rail Trail south of the overpass over Indian River Blvd. Florida 442, Wednesday May 18, 2021 in Edgewater.

A bicycle owner rides the East Central Regional Rail Path south of the overpass over Indian River Blvd. Florida 442, Wednesday Might 18, 2021 in Edgewater.

2. Edgewater’s trails join lagoon to lovely rural scenes

Depart your automotive behind at Edgewater’s Rotary Park to hop on the Rail Path for easy using on a prolonged path.

Head about 15 miles south and you may attain a crossroads the place you may take off west into lovely rural Osteen or veer additional south and head right down to Titusville.

This path provides a number of the finest wildlife sightings due to its quiet nature. Shade will be onerous to return by, so keep away from going out within the peak of the day, particularly throughout summer time.

Location: 902 W. Park Ave., Edgewater

Hours: Open each day from dawn to sundown

Admission: Free

3. Spring-to-Spring Path is ideal for manatee watching

The Spring-to-Spring path will someday join Gemini Springs Park to DeLeon Springs State Park, stretching for 26 miles up the western facet of the county.

Right this moment, it is a shorter trip, however one of the crucial lovely.

Parking at Lake Beresford Park is good. A 1.8-mile multi-use path encircles the park, and also you merely cross underneath the railroad tracks to entry one other 5.5 miles that take you on to Blue Spring State Park.

Blue Spring is a haven for the Florida manatee, and its crystal clear waters are additionally dwelling to a stunning array of fish and birds, as wells as turtles and alligators. In the summertime, the refreshing (chilly) 72-degree water is a superb place to take a dip.

This section of path has nice tree cowl to guard riders within the warmth of the summer time, and two unpaved path segments lengthen 1 / 4 mile to the japanese shore of Lake Beresford for one more nice sundown view.

Location: 2100 Fatio Street, DeLand

Hours: Open each day from dawn to sundown

Admission: Free (Blue Spring State Park costs $2 for pedestrians and the doorway off the path operates on an honor system)

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail gives bikers the best of both worlds with water views on the barrier island and nature views through Bulow Creek State Park.

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Path offers bikers the very best of each worlds with water views on the barrier island and nature views by means of Bulow Creek State Park.

4. Ormond Loop provides beautiful sights for the daring

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Path is dwelling to a number of the most iconic views in Volusia County, nevertheless it’s not for the faint of coronary heart.

The winding two-lane highway does not have devoted bike paths, though vehicles and bikes are usually fairly watchful. Touring the entire double-loop can take you farther than 30 miles.

The surroundings contains dwell oak canopies dripping with Spanish moss; the slow-moving Tomoka River, a birders’ paradise; and a number of the most pristine sections of Atlantic Ocean shoreline within the county.

Whenever you flip onto A1A, the highway widens and there is a sidewalk monitoring alongside the Atlantic Ocean.

There’s amble parking at Bulow Creek State Park, which is gorgeous to discover by itself. It is dwelling to wholesome deer and owl populations, in addition to the Fairchild Oak, one of many largest dwell oak bushes within the South.

Location: 3351 Outdated Dixie Freeway, Ormond Seaside

Hours: Open each day from dawn to sundown

Admission: Free

The Sweetheart Trail runs along the Halifax River in Daytona Beach.

The Sweetheart Path runs alongside the Halifax River in Daytona Seaside.

5. Daytona Seaside’s Sweetheart Path has fairly river views

The Sweetheart Path provides a stunning glimpse of the Halifax River, extending 1.5 miles alongside the intracoastal waterway from Jackie Robinson Ballpark previous three of Daytona Seaside’s bridges.

There’s a big parking space at Metropolis Island Park on the southernmost finish of the path, which continues north to only previous the Important Road Bridge.

Canopies have been put in in some sections of the path to supply shade from the intense solar.

Pop over to one among Seaside Road’s eating places for a snack and drink or preserve the trip going by using throughout the protected sidewalk on the Worldwide Speedway Boulevard bridge and heading out onto the hard-packed sand.

Location: 113 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Seaside

Hours: Open each day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closes at 5 p.m. from December to March)

Admission: Free

A trio of bicycle riders pass a flock of shore birds along the sandy beach in Daytona Beach Shores on Friday June 19, 2009 morning.

A trio of bicycle riders go a flock of shore birds alongside the sandy seaside in Daytona Seaside Shores on Friday June 19, 2009 morning.

Get to know your Central Florida trails

Florida’s trails that connect with Volusia County:

  • Coast-to-Coast Path: 250 miles connecting the Atlantic Ocean to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. 9 counties are linked. It is greater than 80% full and solely 9 gaps stay, all outdoors Volusia County.

  • St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop: 260 miles connecting Brevard, Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties. It is about half performed.

This text initially appeared on The Daytona Seaside Information-Journal: Finest bike trails in Volusia County, from the springs to the seaside