Tomoka State Park
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Tomoka State Park
LocationVolusia County, Florida, United States
Nearest cityOrmond Beach, Florida
Coordinates29°19′55″N 81°04′52″W / 29.33194°N 81.08111°W / 29.33194; -81.08111Coordinates: 29°19′55″N 81°04′52″W / 29.33194°N 81.08111°W / 29.33194; -81.08111
Area1,800 acres (7.3 km2)
Established1945[1]
Governing bodyFlorida Department of Environmental Protection

Tomoka State Park is an 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) Florida State Park located along the Tomoka River, three miles (5 km) north of Ormond Beach on North Beach Street.

Fauna

Among the wildlife of the park are West Indian manatees, alligators, white-tailed deer, gopher tortoises, bobcats,[2] and 160 species of birds. Seasonal birds of prey include the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and northern harrier. The park's wading birds include egrets, herons, wood stork and American white ibis.

Historic status

Within the park is the site of the Timucuan village of Nocoroco, located on the Tomoka River. The site was inhabited approximately a thousand years ago. It was also the location of a plantation owned by Richard Oswald, a wealthy Scottish merchant, who owned the plantation throughout the British rule of Florida. It became a state park in 1945.[1] On May 7, 1973, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Recreational activities

Activities include canoeing, boating, and fishing, as well as hiking, camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.

Other amenities include a one-half mile nature trail, a paved 1 mile multiuse trail, a boat ramp, five picnic areas, ample areas for fishing, and one hundred campsites.

Hours

Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and Midnight every day of the year (including holidays).

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b "Tomoka State Park - History and Culture".
  2. ^ "Activities page, Tomoka State Park".