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A favorite among many Orlando area residents - known for surfing, New Smyrna Beach is also a great town for biking and beach biking (best near low tide). While the beach is the draw, there's more biking at New Smyrna Beach on a few paved trails. "Old" New Smyrna Beach (around Flagler Ave.) is all bikeable, but watch out for cars especially on weekends. Both the (planned) St. Johns River to Sea Loop and (planned) East Coast Greenway will also run through New Smyrna Beach. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link... New Smyrna Beach
Location: Volusia County
End Points: New Smyrna Beach, access via vehicle ramps and pedestrian walkways
Mileage: Various, about 4 miles on Saxon Dr.
Surface: Hard-packed sand at low tide; Saxon Dr. trail is paved; unpaved through the woods riverside
Nearby points of interest: Canaveral National Seashore, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Embry-Riddle University, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
The beach is open to motor vehicle traffic so be careful of the cars, and also for pedestrians and children darting in and out. South of the 27th St. ramp the beach is closed to traffic, but the sand also gradually becomes softer. We like biking north to the inlet, where the beach is much wider, yet there tends to be fewer people - unless the surf is up.
The New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail runs along a power line 2 miles from Sugar Mill Drive to West Pine Street, near the downtown area. Eventually, plans call for extending the trail from I-95 to downtown, with a link to the planned Cross Volusia Trail.
A bike path runs along the Indian River on Riverside Drive from New Smyrna Beach into Edgewater. Several parks are pleasant stops, with restrooms and parking. Fitness stations are another feature along the path.
The St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop (SJR2C) when complete will run the length of New Smyrna Beach, north to south. Starting along A1A at Port Orange, it passes New Smyrna Beach Airport, branches off east to N. Riverside Drive, and then turns west on a route to S. Myrtle Ave. It follows S. Myrtle Ave. south to Edgewater and meets the East Central Regional Rail Trail at 10th St. near Daytona State College. The route also is part of the East Coast Greenway (Maine to Key West). Note: This is the planned route, partly bikeable on sidewalks or along the road (be very careful). Details may change as the SJR2C project progresses.
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