Every day is an “EcoAdventure” in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, with so much to explore and see year-round! From some of Florida’s favorite birding spots; miles of trails for bikers, hikers and horseback riders; abundant fishing and scenic waterways where you can paddle. Almost 50 state, county and city parks with a variety of amenities.
Six of the Palm Coast and Flagler Beach trails are listed on the Great Florida Birding Trail which boasts a myriad of birding opportunities you are sure to enjoy. Be sure to check out that page for a list of birds and places to see them.
Biking and hiking are second nature here in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach. We’re adding new trails every day, so there are miles to choose from with a variety of different levels. Florida’s nearly perfect year-round weather invites cyclists to hit the roads and trails regularly, and bicycling in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach is a growing sport. Check out the Biking and Hiking page to download the Complete Nature & Trails Guide.
First and foremost, you’ll find excellent boating and fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, which stretches for 19 miles in our area. Or grab a pole at the Flagler Beach Pier! Then you can add on the Intracoastal Waterway, a large stretch of brackish water just west of the Atlantic Ocean that creates the barrier islands. From there both boaters and fisherman can meander through creeks and marshlands for a day of fishing. Those looking for a fresh water experience can venture out through Haw Creek to Dead Lake or Crescent Lake to view osprey, great blue herons, turtles and even alligators as they bask in the sun. They don’t call Florida the "Fishing Capital of the World" for nothing!
There’s also no shortage of boat launches for those wanting to spend the day on the water. No boat? No problem. We’ve got Palm Coast Electric Boat Rentals at Tropical Kayak and weekly cruisers aboard Hammock Beach Resort’s gorgeous Sundancer Yacht. Or call one of our spectacular charter captains for a day on the water you’ll never forget.
Palm Coast and Flagler Beach is home to numerous state, county and local parks and preserves. Three are part of the state park system. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park consists of 425 acres of coastal scenery as well as 20 acres of formal gardens. Visitors can picnic and fish from either the beach or the seawall along the Matanzas River. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreational Area is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and by the Intracoastal Waterway on the west. Each month the park offers a Full Moon Hike led by one of the rangers! And at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park you can explore the ruins of the former sugar cane plantation, a sugar mill, unique spring house and several wells showing the volatility of the Florida frontier in the early 19th century.
Palm Coast offerings are varied, from historic Princess Place Preserves where you can tour a beautifully preserved 1888 hunting lodge fit for a princess, who indeed lived here for many years, to the Malacompra Road Beachfront Park that offers trails through a maritime oak hammock and ocean scrub community. This 36-acre park overlooks the longest exposed outcropping of coquina rock, monuments of spectacular sculpting created by the rising sea 5,000 years ago on the Florida East Coast.
Our local communities offer a variety of recreational programs for youth, adult and seniors, additional beautiful parks, pools, tennis center, golf courses, sports complexes, and connecting trails where you can jog, bike and explore our wildlife and nature.
Grab your canoe or kayak and come enjoy a day of paddling fun in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. Choose from a variety of different launch sites taking you out into tranquil creeks, estuaries, lakes and even the Atlantic Ocean.
If you need a vessel (or a lesson), Tropical kayak offers guided tours throughout the Intracoastal Waterway and nearby wetlands. Ripple Effect Ecotours, located at the Town of Marineland Municipal Marina, offers kayak rentals and specializes in tours guided by Master Naturalists to take you through an area that has been designated the most productive eco system on the planet and launch from a variety of different areas in the county.