Tomoka River Paddling Trail... Paddling at Ormond Beach
The Tomoka River Paddling Trail is about 13 miles one-way, flowing north from SR40 to the Tomoka Basin (Halifax River). We didn't actually paddle here yet, but visited launches to plan for a future visit; we present this information for those who are interested. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Though the trail flows through an urban area, it retains a remote feel. There are two launches onto the paddling trail, at Tomoka State Park, and at Tomoka Estates in Ormond Beach. Upstream the trail is more narrow and shaded, becoming wider with coastal marsh as it approaches the Halifax River. Watch for motor boats.
At Tomoka State Park and off the paddling trail, we noted several alternate launch sites on Helicopter Island (fishing, picnicking). Good for paddling out of the wind, through old manmade canals (for development that never happened or ??). Another paddle off the designated trail would be on Strickland Creek which branches off the Tomoka River about a mile upstream from the park.
Tomoka State Park covers 900 acres and has parking, restrooms, picnic facilities, hiking, fishing, camping, playground, boat ramp. The park store has supplies and rentals. Wildlife include over 160 species of birds, manatee, and alligators. The area was once home to Timacua Indians in the village of Nocoroco. Nothing remains of the village other than some shell mounds; a statue honoring Chief Tomokie was erected in 1955.
More information on paddling at Tomoka River (opens in a new window):
Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe