What a beautiful place to take a hike and picnic Bulow Creek State Park is! Located at 3351 Old Dixie Highway in Ormond Beach, this state park offers a trail that is nearly 7 miles long. But you don't have to take that long of hike. There are a couple of different trails you can take.
When you get to the trail head there are two ways you can go, taking either the Bulow Woods Trail or the Wahlin Trail. The Bulow Woods Trail is the one that goes for almost 7 miles. We took that trail back to the wooden bridge, rested there, and then turned around to head back. Round trip that was around 3.25 miles total. What a great trail! I would not take a stroller or wheelchair on this hike, but it is suitable for kids. We saw so many wonderful things, including deer, opossum, a snake, dragon flies, fish, etc. There is a beautiful swamp area you cross through as well. The trail is marked with blazes (colored markings on the trees so you can follow along the path).
The Wahlin Trail is a really short trail that goes in a circle. Total it is around half a mile, but it is still worth doing, especially if you have toddlers that will be walking on their own or elderly people with you who may want to take a walk, but need to keep it short.
Another thing that is absolutely amazing about Bulow Creek State Park is the Fairchild Oak tree. This massive live oak tree is beautiful (hey, I'm a treehugger!). There is mixed information about how old it is, with some sources online and at the park saying it is over 2,000 years old, and then another sign at the park saying that it seems over 2,000 years old but is estimated to be between 300-500 years old. Either way, it's an awesome tree to see!
Near the Fairchild Oak (back behind it) there is a lot of bamboo growing, along with coral bean, and some old cement structure remnants.
This park has restrooms, a pavilion, picnic tables, and geocaching. This is a wonderful park to go hiking for all ages, as well as have a picnic. It's just a matter of how long you want to hike. The day we went there hiking my kids did a total of almost four miles, which was good for them. They typically do 2-3 miles when we go hiking.
While in the area, check out the Boardman Pond Observation Deck.
Here are some pictures that I took while hiking at Bulow Creek State Park: