Begin Your New Year At DeLeon Springs State Park With a Guided History Walk
By Space Coast Daily // December 31, 2016
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
FLORIDA STATE PARKS – Come celebrate New Year’s Day with one, two, or three First Day activities at DeLeon Springs State Park, located about 80 miles from Brevard County, at 601 Ponce DeLeon Boulevard in De Leon Springs.
Walk on the Wild Side (8:30 am to 10:00 am); join us for a 1 ½ mile guided hike on the Wild Persimmon Trail. Experience some of what DeLeon Springs State Park has to offer off the beaten path. If you would like, you can continue on your own and experience more of the natural beauty our state offers by hiking the entire 4.2 miles. We will meet in the parking area adjacent to the Ranger Station. Please see the Eligibility Criteria for conditions you should expect.
Guided History Walk (11:00 am to 12:00 pm); meet us at the Visitor Center located next to the head spring for a one hour tour through the history of DeLeon Springs from Paleo-Indian times to the present. Learn how the spring has made its way through 6,000 years as a gathering place for human activity. This is an easy walk on mostly paved and level surfaces around the spring area.
Guided Nature Trail Walk (12:30 pm to 1:30 pm); walk with a ranger on our paved Nature Trail to see and hear what activities of the past have done to alter natural communities and how the Florida Park Service goes about restoring them. We will begin at the Visitor Center by the spring and traverse the 1/2-mile paved trail culminating with a visit to “Old Methuselah”, a towering bald cypress tree that is more than 500 year old.
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