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Sweetheart Trail starts at Sickler Park, at the end of the Halifax River Trail (Holly Hill/Daytona Beach city limits). It continues south about 4.5 miles to Beville Rd. on a route that includes both multi-use trail and sidewalks, and runs under several bridges crossing the Halifax River. We much enjoyed a pleasant section through Riverfront Park, where the trail passes the city's revitalized old downtown, with access to shops and restaurants. Sweetheart Trail is part of both the St. Johns River to Sea Loop and East Coast Greenway (Maine to Key West).
Map link... Sweetheart Trail
Location: Volusia County
Mileage: 4.5 miles
Surface: Paved, shared-use trail plus road sidepath
Nearby points of interest: Museum of Arts and Sciences, Halifax Historical Museum, Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, Daytona Beach, Daytona International Speedway
Starting along Sickler Ave. (at the end of the Halifax River Trail), past Sickler Park (parking, fishing pier) and under the Seabreeze Bridge, the Sweetheart Trail runs along Ballough St. (stop off here at Caribbean Jack's for refreshments and river views), cuts over to Rio Vista Ave., then goes riverside to Main Street Bridge where you need to cross the road. Now is the centerpiece - Riverfront Park where the trail runs to Orange Ave. Located across from the Downtown area, a wide, bikeable promenade along S. Beach Street also provides access to shops, restaurants, museum. In addition to the trail, the recently renovated park's features include restrooms, picnic, playground, splash pad, fishing pier, kayak launch, benches with sail-like canopies for shade. A pedestrian bridge leads to Manatee Island Park (parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, fishing pier). The footbridge under International Speedway Blvd. Bridge (a big plus!) leads to City Island Park (parking, picnic, playing fields, library).
Continuing southbound from Orange Ave. along S. Beach St., the path passes Halifax Harbor Marina and then turns away from the river. It runs roadside along S. Beach St. to Bellevue Ave. where it turns off to Donnelly St. and a paved path past Bethune Point Park (parking, restrooms, picnic, playground, boat ramp, playing fields, skateboard park). Continuing roadside along S. Beach St., it turns off at Wilder Blvd. to S. Palmetto Ave. where a paved path runs to trail end at Beville St.
The name comes from the 75-foot yacht Sweetheart, built at City Island in 1898 and owned by Charles Grover Burgoyne, a wealthy businessman and mayor (1897-98) who along with his wife Mary were civic benefactors - historical markers tell the story, or visit the nearby Halifax Historical Museum to learn more.
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