Everyone is encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes
out of their day to get up, get outdoors and get active. It’s a
great way to raise your awareness of the importance of physical activity
and to get your family, friends and co-workers noticing a healthier way of life.
Below are a few of FHCP Staff’s top picks for best walking trails
and outdoor activities in Central Florida!
Staff Pick #5 –
Seminole Wekiva Trail – Seminole County
With nearly 14 miles of paved recreational trails, the
Seminole Wekiva Trail has been designated as one of Seminole County’s Showcase Trails because
of its length, beauty, and accommodation of many different users. The
section of the trail that runs west of the I-4 trail overpass to the County
line at the Wekiva River is also a designated part of the
Florida National Scenic Trail. Being wheelchair accessible, dog-friendly, and a great place for hiking,
biking, running, and horseback riding activities, spending a day outdoors
in Seminole County has never been more fun!
Staff Pick #4 –
Hontoon Island State Park – West Volusia County
Hontoon Island State Park, a 3 mile round trip self-guided trail begins at the Ranger Station and
follows the Hontoon Dead River to the large Indian mound at the southwest
corner of the island; allow yourself 2 ½ hours for a leisurely
hike through Florida’s natural beauty. In addition to multiple surrounding
hiking trails, there is also fishing, kayaking, bike trails, an interactive
wildlife museum, playground, general store and camping on site. Hontoon
Island is pet-friendly and the perfect place to spend a day outdoors walking
in nature! Park is accessible by boat or park ferry only (ferry is free
Staff Pick #3 –
Princess Place Preserve – Flagler County
With plenty of hiking trails it’s easy to get walking and embrace
nature in Flagler County at the
Princess Place Preserve. With plenty of options to choose from walking/hiking, horseback riding,
kayaking, fishing, planning a relaxing picnic, or enjoying the great outdoors
with your four-legged friends, Princess Place Preserve has something for
everyone seeking a little fun and exercise in the Florida sun!
Staff Pick #2 – Granada Bridge and Riverside Drive
– Ormond Beach
Granada Bridge in Ormond Beach spans the Halifax River and Intracoastal Waterway linking
the mainland and beach peninsula. The Granada Bridge along with City Hall
Plaza, Fortunato Park, and Riverbridge Park create the “four corners”
of Ormond Beach’s Granada Bridge. The Bridge has panoramic views
of our waterways and includes marked bicycle lanes along the shoulder
and two pedestrian walkways at the far ends. This bridge is part of the
Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail and also connects to Riverside Drive where
the paved sidewalks running parallel to the Intracoastal give walking
and biking enthusiasts of all strides a beautiful view and cool breezes
all along the way!
Rounding Out With Our Favorite Outdoors Spot, the Beach!
Smyrna Dunes – Southeast Volusia County
With over two miles of elevated boardwalks to protect the natural habitat,
a 1.5 mile dune walkover and different picnic areas, pavilions and an
observation tower, visitors can enjoy the ocean, river, dunes, scrub zone
and a saltwater marsh all in one visit!
Smyrna Dunes is pet-friendly and there is an entrance fee of $10 per vehicle, $20 annual
inlet parks pass available.
Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville
Hiking the seashore and refuge offers short self-guided trails. Castle Windy
and Turtle Mound trails have shell middens left by Timucuan Indians. Turtle
Mound Trail boasts a view of the ocean and Mosquito Lagoon. Eldora Hammock,
Oak Hammock, and Palm Hammock trails wind through densely vegetated hammocks.
Cruickshank Trail has an observation tower and marsh views.
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Here are a few more notable spots in Central Florida.
- City Center – Port Orange
- Waterfront Park – Palm Coast
- Blue Spring State Park – Orange City
- DeLeon Springs State Park – DeLeon Springs
- Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge – DeLeon Springs
- Cross Seminole Trail – Winter Springs
- Flagler Trail – Sanford
- Florida National Scenic Trail – Oviedo
- Washing Oaks State Park – Flagler County
- Aiguille Rock Climbing Center in Longwood
- Lake Beresford Bike Trail to Blue Springs State Park – Deland/Orange City
- Lighthouse Point Park- Ponce Inlet
- Ziplining at the Central Florida Zoo – Sanford
- Ziplining at the Brevard Zoo – Melbourne
- Wekiwa Spring State Park – biking, hiking, canoe/kayak – Apopka/Altamonte Springs
- Linear Park walking and biking trails – Palm Coast
- Visiting Kennedy Space Center – Titusville
- Cracker Creek hydrobike, kayak or canoe – Port Orange