Paddle or Pedal
Paddle or Pedal
Experience Florida- outdoors!
The best way to experience Florida’s outdoors is by canoe, kayak or bicycle. It’s never boring and you’ll get a healthy workout too. You don’t have to go far to see a different ecosystem in Florida, the scenery can change within a mile or two, so get moving and start exploring!
At Anastasia State Park bikers can ride on four miles of smooth, pristine beach at low tide when the sand is firm. Peddlers can leisurely ride through maritime forest on miles of park roads with bike lanes and low speed limits. Stop to see the quarry where coquina was mined to build the Castillo San Marcos in St. Augustine. Paddlers can launch a canoe on a tranquil lagoon bordered by coastal marshes. The camp store and grille offers sandwiches and affordable bike and canoe rentals.
Pellicer Creek in Faver-Dykes State Park flows to the Matanzas River. Paddle from an oak hammock through pine flatwoods to tidal affected salt marsh. Along the creek look for river otters, wading birds, ospreys, bald eagles and an occasional dolphin. Canoes and kayaks are available by advanced reservation.
At Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, the short Jungle Road is a hiking biking trail through canopied coastal scrub where you may spot deer and Gopher Tortoises. The Old A1A trail is a paved road shaded by oaks that’s an easy ride for children. Leave bikes in the rack to walk through the gardens. Seasonal camellias, azaleas, roses and ancient oaks stand out among the ponds and fountains. Ride across A1A and climb the dune crossover to see the unusual golden beach strewn with coquina rocks.
Anastasia State Park
904-461-9322 bike rentals
904-460-9111 canoe rentals
Faver-Dykes State Park
904-794-0997 canoe rentals by reservation
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park