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Ponce Preserve

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4400 Block of South Atlantic and South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
+1 386-236-2150
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Nice walk in the woods to the river

Really nice park, winds thru the dunes from the river to the beach. Cool watchtower in the middle... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Frank G
Have seen some recent updates

Seems like there have been some improvements made since the hurricane came through. They have trail... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
India H
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The Ponce Preserve is the town's largest park with approximately 41 acres stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Halifax River. Sitting at the heart of this park is the Green Mound State Archaeological Site, an ancient Indian midden. The terrain is varied, from the ocean dunes, through terraced palmetto patches and maritime hammock to the wetlands adjacent to the Halifax River. You'll find many of our native plants in the Preserve including Florida lantana, southern red cedar, cabbage palms, Simpson's stoppers and oak trees. At the base of the Green Mound is a live oak estimated to be more than 350 years old. The Preserve has been added to the East Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail and is an excellent site for bird watching. The parking lot and restrooms on the east side of Peninsula Drive give direct access to the nature trails through the park. The boardwalk begins directly across the street and offers two places to launch canoes and kayaks while meandering one-third of a mile across the marsh out to the Halifax River. Three covered gazebos offer visitors a place to relax and enjoy unspoiled views. Funding for these projects was provided by the Ponce deLeon Inlet & Port District of Volusia County and the Florida Inland Navigation District. The Garden Club of Ponce Inlet provided the benches throughout the park and landscaping at the entrance island. The center portion of the Preserve is home to two nature themed playgrounds, one located near the parking lot and one a short walk along a new trail at the center of the park adjacent to the wildlife observation tower. A covered picnic pavilion is located near the parking lot and playground and fitness stations are located along the trails. On the east side of Atlantic Avenue, a handicapped accessible dune walkover provide access to the pristine beach. There is also a small parking area with handicapped parking available. Funding for the construction of the recreational facilities was provided by the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program and Volusia ECHO grants.
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4400 Block of South Atlantic and South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
+1 386-236-2150
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Really nice park, winds thru the dunes from the river to the beach. Cool watchtower in the middle and a long boardwalk out into the river.

Thank Frank G
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Seems like there have been some improvements made since the hurricane came through. They have trail maps located periodically which is great because even though this preserve isn't huge it's tricky at first. Really great area and a bit unexpected for its location. Definitely suggest...More

Thank India H
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We have been coming to Ponce Inlet for 3 years now and spend a month or two renting a condo unit on the beach. We are from the U.P of Michigan. Normally, we bring our own vehicle and drive down, but as we've gotten older...More

2  Thank Richard C
Reviewed 1 March 2017

It's worth a trip south from Daytona to visit the Ponce Inlet Preserve. They have done a beautiful job of making this something you will remember from your vacation. The pathways and views are magnificent, so plan to spend a little time here!

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Every March my wife and I come to Daytona for Bike Week. We always stay in Ponce Inlet and our morning walks through Ponce Preserve Park are something we always look forward to as a relaxing change from our Bike Week adventure. We walk up...More

1  Thank Joe M
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a quiet, peaceful place to meander, either to the Intercoastal Waterway or out to the beach. Some paths are sand, others are boardwalk. The boardwalk path to the intercoastal is wheelchair accessible and there are three gazebos to sit and escape the sun...More

Thank SeaPuddles
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Second time going yesterday but first time going on the boardwalk overlooking the river. Gorgeous. I love a good scenic view at the end of the day. The beach wasn't destroyed by Hurricane Matthew (which is why i drove to this area in particular). Playground...More

Thank India H
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Picnic are and small playground on one side on the other side near S. Atlantic avenue there's a lookout tower and child play area. Most of the trail shaded.

Thank Re1977
Reviewed 21 August 2016

WOW what a great place and well thought out park. Covered trails through the dunes, resting areas, Fishing jetty, clean bathrooms super super views , pooch friendly

Thank PDMRacing
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Very well maintained, paths are clear and easy to walk on. You can walk from the intercostal to the beach. Very peaceful and relaxing. Pet friendly trails. Breezy and shaded with canopy of trees. Lots of nature to look at. Nice play areas for the...More

1  Thank Rosenda R
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Jennifer C
29 November 2016|
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Response from Amy Z | Property representative |
Yes, we allow dogs in the park with leashes. Thank you for your interest in our parks. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Amy Zengotita Town of Ponce Inlet Parks & Rec Manager