The Daytona Beach area offers bikers a wide variety of riding routes.

Canaveral National Seashore (Apollo Beach)

Half-Day Ride — New Smyrna Beach

The north entrance to this sandy, dune-covered cape is at the south end of State Road A1A in New Smyrna Beach. Whenever there’s a biker event, you can be sure that the park’s roads are open for business.

For six miles, you’ll cruise along the beach on a paved road behind the dunes. There are six parking lots where you can stop and walk out onto the beach. At the end, Parking Lot 6, you can see the launch pads at Kennedy Space Center on a clear day.

There’s also a canopied side road that will take you to historic Eldora, an abandoned village on the shores of the Indian River. 

Also visit Turtle Mound, where Indians piled their oyster and clam shells for centuries. Climb to the top for a grand view of the park and its beaches.

A must-stop upon leaving Canaveral Seashore is JB’s Fish Camp, about a half-mile from the park entrance.

Ormond Scenic Loop 

Half-Day Ride — Ormond Beach to Flagler Beach

The Ormond Scenic Loop is one of the most picturesque destinations in northeast Florida. The trail takes you through shady canopies of live oaks and dense hardwood forests, sweeping grass savannahs and saltwater marshes, coastal dune eco-systems and pristine beaches.

 

The double loop starts on North Beach Street at Tomoka State Park, continues north along Old Dixie Highway, then jogs east on Walter Boardman Lane, jogging south then east on Highbridge Road until you cross the Intracoastal Waterway at High Bridge.

Immediately after crossing High Bridge, turn south onto John Anderson Drive and cruise alongside the Halifax River, eventually dipping into bustling Ormond Beach before swinging east to State Road A1A.

Heading north along the beach, you will be greeted by gentle sea breezes and the pristine dune environment of North Peninsula State Park.

The loop ends back at Highbridge Road, but you should continue cruising north on A1A through Gamble Rogers State Park to Flagler Beach, an old Florida beach town with character. 

Here’s a link to a map you can use as a guide.

Ocala National Forest

Full Day Ride — Deland to Ormond Beach

There are a lot of options on this ride, and no matter which you take, this is a full day of cruising, so leave early and plan a late return. There’s not much along the way, so pack your lunch and beverages.

The temptation is high to hop off the pavement and cruise well-maintained but unpaved forest roads. The beauty of this wilderness is breathtaking, and you will often divert to forest springs.

Here’s a package of maplets to get you started. Choose your route, your springs and other scenic stops, and roll!

And here’s a related story on 5 things to do in Ocala National Park.

Beach Cruise

Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach permit motorcycles to cruise designated sections of beach. Speed limit is 10 mph. 

 

New Smyrna Beach - Enter from 27th Avenue or Flagler Avenue. You can ride from 27th Avenue north 6 miles to the Ponce Inlet, where the surfers congregate and fishermen line the jetty. Access is restricted at high tide. This is the longest continuous stretch of driving beach in Volusia County.

Daytona Beach — The longest driving zone on the Daytona side of Ponce Inlet is from Dunlawton Ave. in Daytona Beach Shores north to International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona. The next longest driving beach runs from Seabreeze Ave. to Harvard Drive.

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