Put the pedal to the pathway in the Greater Daytona Region.
Cycling runs full circle in Volusia County, as it provides trails and pathways ideally suited for all levels of interest and ability.
“Volusia County has a diverse mix of riding opportunities that are well maintained,” says Ryan Flesch, manager at JC’s Bikes & Boards in DeLand. “I like riding mountain bikes and road bikes, but it’s nice to also have somewhere I can go with my family and enjoy riding with them.”
Here are five of his favorite spots to explore on two wheels in the region.
1. Lake Beresford Park
A 2-mile paved loop circles the perimeter of the park’s eastern side. There are restrooms and a playground on-site, making it an excellent spot for families with children. The park connects to Lake Beresford Pathway, which runs 5.3 miles to Blue Spring State Park.
2. Green Springs Park
Located just outside Deltona near Lake Monroe, this 31-acre park has a paved bike trail that runs along a small river. “It’s shaded and very scenic,” Flesch says. As the name suggests, the park also contains one of Florida’s few green sulfur springs.
3. Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge:
De Leon Springs
This area contains more than 15 miles of unpaved trails. “It’s a real nice green area,” Flesch says. “A lot of people load up their bikes with fishing poles and tackle boxes and ride there to fish the ponds.”
4. Chuck Lennon Park
De Leon Springs
Adjacent to De Leon Springs State Park, this 136-acre park contains approximately 11 miles of mountain bike trails. “It has a little bit of everything for all (skill) levels,” Flesch says. “Some of the trails are more aggressive, but there are others for beginners.”
5. Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve
Between Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach
Seven mountain bike trails run for a total of nearly 12 miles within this 2,479-acre preserve. One of the trails leads to a tower overlooking the area near Spruce Creek.