Trail runs are the best! They give you a peaceful way to spend time in nature, exercise, and enjoy a run. If you will be visiting the Daytona Beach area, you may want to do a trail run. When you head out for a trail run, be sure to have water with you, and let someone know where you are headed to. Trail runs, for those who are new to the adventure, are runs that are done on non-paved trails. They are typically through the woods or on hiking trails, which means you have to be mindful of your running, or you could easily trip on tree roots, or get scraped by branches. It's a lot of fun, invigorating, and will keep you mindful of your surroundings.
Here are some places to go trail running in the Daytona Beach area:
Bulow Creek State Park
Located at 3351 Old Dixie Highway in Ormond Beach, this state park offers some great hiking trails that can be used for trail running. The park entrance is free and while you are there you can see the Fairchild Oak, which is a huge oak tree that is over 400 years old. There is a small parking lot, restrooms, picnic tables, and several trail options. This is a great place to do a trail run. In fact, the Bulow Woods Trail Run is held there every December. See the park map and get more info here.
Tiger Bay State Forest
Located at 4316 W. International Speedway Drive in Daytona Beach, this forest offers some trails you can run on. The Buncombe Trail is a nice 2 mile loop. There is a $2 fee per person to use it (there's a drop box for the payment). You can also run on the service roads that go through the woods. There's no fee for running on the service roads. See the trail map here.
Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve
Located at 1755 Martin Dairy Road in Port Orange, the trails here are worth 15-20 minute drive from Daytona Beach. The multi-use trails are open to hiking, mountain biking, and running, so keep an eye open for bikers who may be coming through. The trails are nice and lead back to a bluff overlook.From the trail head at the parking lot, there are two options. If you take the trail to the left you will wind through the woods, and there is a bailout. If you take the trail to the right, which is for "Oxbow Overlook" you will run back to the scenic bluff overlook. That trail round trip is 2.5 miles. Get more info here.
Longleaf Pine Preserve
Located at 4551 Pioneer Trail in New Smyrna Beach, this is a great forest to take a trail run in. This is the east entrance, where the blue trail begins. The trail is 10 miles and meets up with another trail, so you will need to determine how far you want to run, and then turn around and head back. There is a lot of beautiful longleaf pine forest and plenty of wildlife. Much of the trails are more like service roads, so they are wide and clear, yet still unpaved.
If you are a runner who is visiting the Daytona Beach area, you may want to take in a trail run or two. These places give you some options to choose from. Each place offers unpaved trails that go through the woods. You will finish your trail run feeling fabulous, not only from your run, but from soaking up some of nature's goof vibes!