Longleaf Pine Preserve

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DaytonaGuy
Haines City, FL824 contributions
Nice get away
Jan 2019 • Solo
Sometimes one just needs to get away, and enjoy nature. The trails here are well kept, but somewhat poorly marked, with markers being knocked over. I did not see much wildlife, but enjoyed the peace and quiet of the trail. It put me in a happy place though.
Written February 12, 2019
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FlaHarlock
Tavares, FL4,780 contributions
Great morning hike!
Jan 2019 • Solo
Found this preserve on my way home from New Smyrna Beach and had to come back and check it out. What a pleasant surprise. There are several trails to choose from and I picked the red trail. It’s a 5 mile loop trail starting out with an epic footbridge through beautiful wetlands. I’ve read that there are tons of wildlife in this area and ran into an armadillo right away. At about the 1 mile mark you come to Old Sawmill Rd and that’s the trail for the next couple miles. Saw deer and wild turkey. The loop goes past a picnic area and a primitive camping area. Nicely blazed and well maintained trail. Can’t wait to come back and try the blue trail. Definitely recommended.
Written January 5, 2019
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alicia
Roanoke, VA344 contributions
So much to discuss
Dec 2018 • Couples
My husband and I did the red 6mile trail loop and the green 1 mile trail around the lake.. there is so much to say about this preserve..the first quarter mile you are actually in the forest which is ok, part of this you are walking on planks due to all the swampy water but then you come out onto a road called Old Sawmill Rd.. at first I thought it was ok and we would actually get back into a trail that was in the woods, oh no, you actually stay on this road the ENTIRE TIME! I will say during our entire walk,not hike, we saw an armadillo, a ton of wild boars and piglets, a deer, and a water snake. This trail needs A TON of maintenance... the road itself is ok, but up at the lake where the Eagle Scouts did the green trail it’s horrible... like the prior review we had to walk through a lot of tall grass, which I will say was very unnerving ... thinking about ticks, spiders and snakes... and the fact that the wild hogs are destroying the ground too... when we walked around the entire lake there was a VERY WELL MAINTAINED picnic area.. now why is this so nice and everywhere else we went was like wading through a tall grass jungle? Over all this preserve area has a ton of potential but it needs to be kept up. My husband and I did however call in a wild fire that wasn’t state maintained and those guys came out really fast to get that under control!! Just be on the lookout if you do walk this especially in the summer, be prepared for what you may have to walk into!
Written December 17, 2018
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Antoon B
Plainwell, MI20 contributions
Beautiful area but urgently needs maintenance
Jan 2018 • Couples
We hiked the red loop as well as the green loop for a total of about 7 miles. The area is beautiful, however parts of the trails are in bad shape: on the backside of the red loop we had to hike through 3-4 feet tall grass and some very rough terrain. The green loop which is an Eagle Scouts project, dating back to 2010 , has not been maintained and looks like it is barely used at all. The
trail at times was barely visible and in very very bad shape, we almost did not make it through . Standing water and sections of boardwalks were helpful, however not always connecting with each other. Beautiful nature, but this trail is not suitable for the casual hiker.
On the positive side , it looks like the blue trail is back open for its entirety. We will try that some other time.
Written January 25, 2018
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Antoon B
Plainwell, MI20 contributions
Beautiful hike, but the blue trail loop is interupted
Mar 2017 • Couples
We did the red loop from the west entrance and part of the blue trail from the other side, 11 miles in total
Beautiful wide trails, very sunny , so lots of water needed.
Two problems:
- the red trail start is not well indicated, so we started down a service road/trail to the left of where the sign is at the parking lot, only to find out that the trail actually starts 100 yards down to the right of the sign.
- the blue trail does stop ( taped off and a sign that says there is private property ), but when we continued for a while we kept seeing the blue trail markers and no sign of private property. We did turn around ultimately . Too bad you cant do the entire loop.
Written March 20, 2017
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pattys33
New Smyrna Beach, FL51 contributions
If you're looking for a nice walk in the woods, this is it
Feb 2017 • Friends
Right off SR 44 halfway between New Smyrna and DeLand is a beautiful nature preserve. Walking trails are wide and surrounded by tall pines and Florida scrub. No facilities.
Written February 16, 2017
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watercop
New Smyrna Beach, FL239 contributions
Great for geocaching
Mar 2016 • Couples
If you don't want to walk (or ride) a very long way you can use one of the two entrances and do a half at a time. A great place to hike.
The north end can be a swamp and there are gators. We haven't seen any on the west side, but on the north side we saw a big one.
Most of the geocaches are fun, but be warned. A few of them on the west side are a real pain (hence the name).
Written January 19, 2017
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paddler66
Edgewater, FL26 contributions
Highway noise in abundance
Dec 2016 • Couples
We went for the 6 mile red loop trail. It was a nice walk but we could almost always hear the highway. The trails were well marked and maintained except for the most interesting loop around the pond. There wasn't much variety in the plant or bird life. The pond trail was the most interesting but the noisiest traffic from I-4. The pond loop also had long grass and a few broken trees blocking the path. The highlight was seeing 2 snakes sunning themselves.
Written December 31, 2016
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WaltersTwoCents
Daytona Beach, FL40 contributions
Family friendly biking and hiking.
Dec 2016 • Family
Nice wide, grass and gravel, bike/hiking path between New Smyrna and Deland. Located right off HWY 44. I rode today with my 9 year old. Pretty much just a flat path easy enough for anyone. Not a bike trial for someone looking for down hills, climbing or technical single track riding. If that is what you are looking for try Doris Leeper or Chuck Lennon but it was fun ride none the less. We rode about three mile in on the red trail to the primitive camping and picnic area on the lake. We will go back for sure. I'll post some more pictures on our travel blog Bunking with the Borgen's.
Written December 18, 2016
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trooper l
Port Orange, FL18 contributions
Over 10 miles of trails to hike or bike.
Feb 2016 • Family
The Longleaf Pine Preserve very large tract of land the Volusia county and the city of Port Orange maintain for preservation and public enjoyment. My wife and I like to take our dog on walks on the trails out here. There are two entrances, the east one at the end of Pioneer trail and the west one further west on SR. 44.
Written April 10, 2016
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