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The trail, part of both the St. Johns River to Sea Loop and the East Coast Greenway (Maine to Key West), runs along A1A in Flagler County from the northern county line at Marineland to the southern county line at Flagler Beach. A1A is between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, access to the mainland is restricted to bridges crossing the river. The beach towns provide food and accommodations. Map link and photos below.)
Map link... Flagler County Trail
Location: Flagler County
End Points: Marineland to Flagler Beach
Mileage: 19 miles
Surface: Concrete, 10'
Nearby points of interest: Marineland, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Washington Oaks State Park, Flagler Beach Pier
Flagler Bike N' Coffee (Palm Coast)
From Marineland south the trail runs more inland (closer to Matanzas River); from Beverly Beach south it runs along the beach - while there are views of the Atlantic Ocean and beaches, it does not run directly on the beach and portions are across A1A from beachside. It's more of a wide sidewalk (a narrow one in parts) than true bike trail; a few segments go off the road but mostly roadside.
Just south of Marineland, the River-to-Sea Preserve provides parking (also restroom, boardwalk, nature trails, picnic; no fee) - it spans both sides of A1A (River-to-Sea).The trail then runs down the coast through Palm Coast, Painters Hill, and Beverly Beach before arriving at Flagler Beach. At Palm Coast, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park (see below) is a worthwhile stop. At Flagler Beach is the iconic Flagler Beach Pier, plus restaurants. At the southern end - i.e., at the county line, the trail continues into Volusia County - North Peninsula State Park is about 1/4 mile east along High Bridge Road (parking, restrooms, beach, picnic, hiking; no fee).
A pleasant stop was Washington Oaks Gardens State Park at Palm Coast, a lovely oasis now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the winter home (built in 1938) of Owen D. Young, diplomat and founder of RCA, donated to the state by his family in 1965. Small fee applies. The park spans both sides of A1A from river to ocean. On the ocean side, the coquina rock formations are a unique feature. The house and gardens are on the river side. The grounds are nestled within an oak hammock, with formal gardens (the Rose Garden is notable) and reflection ponds. The Washington Oak is estimated at 200-300 years old, one of Florida's oldest. The park also provides parking, restrooms, a Visitor Center, picnicking, fishing, the beach, plus 1.7 miles of biking (fat tire) and hiking trails.
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