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Tomoko State Park
Tomoko State Park is located 3 miles north of Ormond Beach in Volusia County. As in most cases, this area was once occupied by Native Americans who would have been drwan to the area for its rich fishing opportunities. Later, in the seventeen hundreds a British man took up residence. More of him later.
There are lots of things to see and do in and out of the water and a wonderful place to spot those gentle creatures called manatees (or sometimes sea cows)
You can hire a canoe at this park and there is no better way to explore all the various waterways. If the weather is very still you can take your canoe out in to Tomoko Basin but best not done if it is at all choppy.
There is a half mile walking trail that is formed of hard wood hammock. This was once an indigo field in the times of British Land owner. This trail is also where the ancient Timucan settlement called Noroco.
It is possible to catch no less than 90 kinds of fish in the waters here, so why not challenge yourselves to compete for the most varities caught. Among your booty could be spotted sea trout, tarpon or black drum. The waters are a mixture of sea and fresh water so officially brackish. You need to observe the rules and regulations which are posted at the park and you will also need a fishing licence.
This is also a good place for bird watching so take your binoculars and a camera. 160 inhabit this area, either resident or passing through. Spring and autumn are obviously the best times to visit for maximum spotting opportunity. There is a full list of the birds on the State Parks website.
The rangers sometimes hold special events at the park. At the time of writing they are holding a series of historical talks that take you through the times from the Seminole Indians to the Civil War. There will also be demonsrations of quilting. Call ahead of your visit to check what is on and when 386 676 4050.
There is a shop on site which supplies snacks and drinks and his is also where you will go to rent a canoe. This is sited in the camp ground area. The park also has a playground and some loos.
The park entrance is $4 for a car and up to 8 people and is open 365 days a year from 8. a. m. to sundown. During the hotter months it is wise to take some insect repellant.
Other nearby parks are Hontoon Island, Bulow Plantation Ruins, Washington Oaks Gardens and De Leon Springs.
Here is the full address for Tomoko
Tomoko State Park, 2099 North Beach Street, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174 Tel 386 676 4050
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