Lush maritime hammock, estuarine salt marsh and 12 miles of shoreline help make Tomoka State Park a popular vacation destination. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing at this 2,000 acre Florida state park located in Volusia County, Florida, only 66 miles east of Orlando and 10 miles north of Daytona Beach.
Tomoka State Park is also a favorite stop for birdwatchers. More than 160 bird species have been sighted inside the park.
Tomoka State Park’s spectacular natural features make it a favorite for nature enthusiasts, history buffs and those looking for a stress free vacation. Nature trails, campsites, a fishing pier, picnic pavilions with tables and grills and more await guests looking for a quieter pace of life.
And the park’s concession provides snacks, camping supplies and souvenirs to make your stay more comfortable. Whether you visit for a few hours or several days you’ll thoroughly enjoy your time spent at Tomoka State Park.
During your visit you will have the opportunity to learn more about how indigo was processed to produce dyes at the Mount Oswald Plantation; and also about the ancient Native village of Nocoroco that once existed along the banks of the Tomoka River.
Here are some of the activities that you can do during your visit to Tomoka State Park:
Boating at Tomoka State Park
Paddling along the Tomoka River provides not only a restful afternoon but also a chance to see manatees and other marine life. Guests are strongly encouraged to float slowly through these manatee sanctuary areas.
A 13 mile canoe trail winds through the marshes and tidal creeks offering guests a close up view of birds and other wildlife. Canoe rentals and a ramp are available inside the park.
Hiking at Tomoka State Park
Pack your hiking boots and sunscreen and spend some time exploring the trails inside Tomoka State Park. The park’s nature trails wind through oak hammock, Spanish moss, ferns, wildflowers and many other native plants, shrubs and trees.
Here are a couple of the trails at Tomoka State Park:
- The North Beach Trail – Easy 3.3 mile trail that offers hikers beautiful views of the coastal landscape within the park.
- Chief Tomokie Nature Trail – An easy 1.4 mile trail that begins near the large statue (in the parking lot) and follows a sandy path through flatlands and along the dunes with spectacular views of the water and wildlife. This trail passes the spot where an ancient Timucuan village once thrived along the shoreline of the Tomoka River.
Fishing at Tomoka State Park
Catch common snook, spotted sea trout, tarpon, sheepshead, and black and red drum during your visit to Tomoka State Park. Fish from the shore or along the fishing pier and dock on the Tomoka River.
More than 90 different fish species have been seen within the Tomoka River, so be sure to pack your angling supplies and pick up a Florida fishing license before heading over.
Birding at Tomoka State Park
More than 160 species of native and migrating birds have been seen throughout Tomoka State Park. Don’t forget to bring you binoculars; you may spot a bald eagle, loon, ibis, egret, Great Blue Heron, Peregrine Falcon, American white Pelican or American Bittern.
Nature and Wildlife at Tomoka State Park
As you wander through the woods, the marshland and along the Tomoka River you’ll see many signs of wildlife. During the summer manatees and their young may be seen along the river.
White-tailed deer, raccoons, gopher tortoises, otters, bobcats, alligators, snakes and birds are easily spotted throughout the park, along with the occasional bottlenose dolphin.
As you’re walking throughout the park, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. They tend to blend in with the grass and leaves. You definitely won’t want to accidentally step on one!
Pets at Tomoka State Park
Bring the family pet and enjoy a relaxing visit inside Tomoka State Park. Well behaved pets are allowed but must be kept on a hand held leash no longer than 6 feet; pets are not permitted inside any park buildings.
Camping at Tomoka State Park
Spend a peaceful night in the park’s campground in a wooded area close to the Tomoka River. Each of the 100 campsites has electric and water hookups, a picnic table and a grill.
A group camping area is also available, for organized youth groups of up to 35. Each group spending the night must also include responsible adults. These campsites have picnic tables, grills and a large campfire circle.
Restrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities are located within walking distance of all camping areas.
Tomoka State Park
2099 N Beach St
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Tomoka State Park: