Bulow Creek State Park is home to one of the largest stands of live oaks on Florida’s east coast, including the impressive Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the south. Bulow Creek itself, along with its tributaries, including Cisco Rapids, are beautiful water features within the park that all feed the Halifax River.
In order to experience the most of this park, I decided to ride my mountain bike along the Bulow Woods Trail to Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park that sits about 7 miles to the north. I actually clocked a little over 15 miles round trip with spur trails included — check out the Garmin map below for details.
The ride is pretty smooth and easy on the southern half of the trail, becoming more bone-jarring with exposed roots in the north, along with a couple of swampy areas. Looking back, I wish I had my Fat Bike at the time. Still, the forest is beautiful, as are the water features, including Boardman Pond. And you do have the option of hiking all or a portion of this trail rather than biking, if you prefer.
Pictures really tell the story — check out the Photo Gallery to see what I mean. If you’re looking for other great places to hike, bike, paddle or horseback ride, check out our Bucket List and Where-to-Go. Whatever you do, get out there and enjoy Florida’s Natural Wonders!
Garmin Trail Map of my ride:
Bulow Creek State Park, 3351 Old Dixie Highway, Ormond Beach, FL 32174