Make the Most of Your Florida Road Trip with St Johns River Scenic Highways and Byways
There are all kinds of ways to enjoy the scenery and history of St. Johns River Country. One of those ways is by taking a road trip. Fortunately, there are many highways that showcase some of the most scenic parts of our area. Check out these suggestions for an enjoyable and educational road trip.
The William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway
Visitors drive beneath oak canopies in many areas on the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway. They pass citrus groves and have access to many exhilarating views of the St. Johns River. Alpine Groves Park and the Julington Creek Bridge are just two of many notable sights on this historic highway.
River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway
This scenic highway provides travelers with views of the historic Athens Theater as well as the Volusia County Courthouse. Drivers can take a break along the way at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park or DeBary Hall. There is also a wet prairie ecosystem that offers views of some of Florida’s most interesting animals and colorful flowers.
Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail
The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail has many views that appeal to visitors. For example, drivers can take a trip back in history by viewing the Ormond Beach Fire Station and the World War II submarine watch tower along the route. Tomoka State Park is another interesting spot on the scenic loop. For history buffs, John D. Rockefeller’s winter home is sure to be a highlight of the trip.
Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway
The Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway travels by the Lake George State Forest and Tiger Bay State Forest along with others. This byway earns its name due to the abundance of black bears that can be seen along the route. A sand pine forest known as the Big Scrub is another highlight of this byway. Most travelers enjoy seeing the springs located near the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway.
The best thing about taking a road trip on one of our scenic highways is that you can usually find a place to stop and explore the area at an even slower pace. Enjoy!