Last year, my husband and I did a trail run at Princess Place Preserve in Palm Coast. It was our first time visiting the place and we liked it. We knew we wanted to go back there to do some hiking. So today, the first day we had some great weather for hiking for the season, we went there to hike and have a picnic. We had a great time!
There are several trails to choose from at Princess Place Preserve. Most are around one mile or shorter, so we decided to take the Hominy Branch Trail, which is a 2.5 mile loop trail. As it turns out, a good portion of the trail is on the service road. Still a nice view, but you have cars going past you here and there. Next time I'd just choose a few of the smaller trails to hike so that we are not on the road for such a large portion of the hike. The Hominay Branch Trail starts out on a boardwalk, goes through an area with some canopy, and leads out to what looks like a small service road. The trail then winds across a few small bridges, which offer pretty views, then out to the main park road and back to the parking lot where your vehicle is.
Along with the hiking trails you can take at Princess Place Preserve, there is a historic building you can check out. The place was once home to a prince and princess, hence the name of the place. You can pack a lunch and eat by the water, rock on the porch, walk through the stable, and just spend some quality time in nature. It's a nice place that offers picnic tables, benches, restrooms, and beautiful views.
Princess Place Preserve is located at 2500 Princess Place Road in Palm Coast. There is no entrance fee.