This is Segment 23, Region K. The Tomoka / Pellicer segment is rich in history, ecology and scenic beauty. Paddlers can enjoy scenes that have changed little since Timucuan Indians plied these pristine estuarine and riverine systems in their dugout canoes. For those interested in more contemporary times, five outstanding state parks are within easy reach, along with Florida's tallest lighthouse at Ponce de Leon Inlet.
Circumnavigational trail paddling starts at Smyrna Dunes Park near the Ponce Inlet. For those camping nearby, numerous spoil and natural islands are available within the wide Halifax River basin, as well as camping at the developed Spruce Creek County Park.
There are several rest stops along the route north including the Ponce lighthouse and the Port Orange Causeway Park (A1A Bridge). From here it is 14 miles to the Tomoka Basin islands in Ormond Beach.
After the Tomoka Basin, the Halifax River suddenly narrows and morphs into Halifax Creek, then into Smith Creek, and finally into the Matanzas River. The Matanzas eventually widens in the Pellicer Flats. Camping is available at Mellon Island, located a short distance from Marineland.
Rivers such as the Tomoka and Pellicer have undeveloped sections that flow primarily through public lands. The upper sections are lush and canopied while the lower ends are tidally influenced and offer marshy vistas. Bulow Creek gives an added plus of flowing past the ruins of an historic plantation and sugar mill.
48 miles of Circumnavigational Trail
4 state designated river trails
- Boat traffic can be heavy along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), especially on weekends and holidays.
- Paddling along the high energy East Coast shoreline is not recommended due to safety considerations. Conditions can change abruptly and few inlets allow paddlers to move to more sheltered waters.
Primary Campsites & Distances Between on Circumnavigational Trail
- Smyrna Dunes to Port Orange Causeway (Highway A1A bridge), 7 miles
- Port Orange Causeway to Tomoka Basin islands, 16 miles.
- Tomoka Basin to Silver Lake spoil islands, 11 miles
- Silver Lake spoil islands to Mellon Island, 14 miles
- Spruce Creek (16 miles round trip)
- Tomoka River (13 miles)
- Bulow Creek (11-13 miles)
- Pellicer River (6.7 miles round trip)
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- Volusia County Sheriff: 386-254-4689
- Flagler County Sheriff: 386-437-4116
- Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission Hotline: 1-888-404-3922
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