If you are like me, if you are travelling to Daytona Beach for the FNPS Conference, you may plan to stay a few extra days, or make a few stops on the way there or home. Here are a few parks and preserves, a short distance North of Daytona Beach that you may want to check out. Click on the name of the park for more information and fees.
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|Sunset over the Tomoka River. Photo by Donna Bollenbach|
|Legend of Tomokie monument|
Photo by Donna Bollenbach
A short walk takes you to a legendary 45 foot high concrete monument. It was made in 1955 by sculptor Frederick Dana Marsh who called it the “Legend of Tomokie.”
According to the park website "the legend has Chief Tomokie taking a “golden cup” and using it to commit the forbidden act of drinking from a sacred spring. as once inhabited by Timucuan Indians. According to the legend this particular spring water had fountain-of-youth-like powers but actually Tomokie had doomed himself and his tribe. Use of the sacred water and theft of the cup was avenged by other natives and specifically by the female warrior Oleeta (center), who in turn was slain by Chief Tomokie’s warriors."
12 miles NBulow Creek protects nearly 5,600 acres, more than 1,500 of which are submerged lands. The highlight of Bulow Creek is one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida's east coast. The reigning tree is the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the South.
|The Majestic Fairchild Oak. Photo by Donna Bollenbach|
As the park website describes it: "For more than 400 years, the Fairchild Oak has been a silent witness to human activities along Bulow Creek, including the destruction of the neighboring Bulow Plantation during the Second Seminole War in 1836."
Visitors can picnic in a shady pavilion or at a table on the lawn within view of the Fairchild Oak."
or hike the seven mile Bulow Woods Trail to the Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park.
|Intracoastal from boardwalk by Donna Bollenbach|
Open from dawn until 11:00 pm, the preserve is located in Flagler Beach and lies along the eastern side of the Intracoastal Waterway south of State Road 100.
If you are travelling north along the east coast, this would be a good stop for a picnic lunch.