Nothing beats spending time in the great outdoors with your favorite four legged pal. So pack some water, snacks, and a leash and make your way over to Bulow Creek State Park. Located just north of Ormond Beach, this 5,600 acre pawperty is just calling your pup’s name!
Bulow Creek State Park’s claim to fame is that it is home
to one of the largest southern live oak forests on Florida’s east coast. The
crown jewel of them all is Fairchild Oak. This impressive beauty is over 400
years old and one of the largest live oak trees in the south. To see this pawsome tree, hop on the Skip
Wahlin Nature Trail. This short loop also passes a groundwater spring that
bubbles out of a rock bluff. If your pal needs a longer hike, follow the seven
mile Bulow Woods Trail from the Fairchild Oak up to the Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic
Site. Bulow Creek Loop is a puptacular hike that meanders through lush groves
of magnolia trees, cabbage palms, and live oak.
Even though it may not seem like it, this park is teeming
with critters. If your pooch is quiet, you may catch a glimpse of a white-tailed
deer, barred owl, or a sneaky raccoon. If you are lucky enough to see an
animal, make sure your pupster doesn’t harass it.
Bring some sandwiches (and biscuits for your pup) and
stick around for lunch. A few picnic tables are located near the parking lot. You
and your furry sidekick can enjoy views of the Fairchild Oak while you eat. The
park also has restrooms. If you like to fish, bring your pole along and cast a
line into Halifax River. Wherever you go, be sure to have a clean up bag handy
so you can pick up after your pup.
No bones about it, your pup will go mutts over this park!