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Bulow Creek State Park

 Activities at Bulow Creek State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

The 6.8 mile Bulow Woods trail is known for the stately oaks and hardwood trees that line the trail. Mountain bikes are a great way to experience this trail. While the trail is generally dry, the wet season can create some shallow standing water and muddy sections. Obstacles along the trail may include; protruding roots, uneven surfaces and low water crossings.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Access to Bulow Creek and its surrounding tributaries is attainable thru a parking area off of Walter Boardman Lane, High Bridge Road, and other areas along Old Dixie Highway. There is a proper boat ramp located at Bulow Plantation Historic State Park which allows you to launch onto Bulow Creek. At the Fairchild Oak park entrance there is no water access and no rentals.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

There are several trails for exploring the interior of the park. Two trails start from the parking area at the Fairchild Oak. The Wahlin Trail is a short loop around a groundwater spring that seeps from a "coquina" rock bluff. Boardwalks that carry you over the sensitive ecosystem of the seepage slope provide beautiful views of this extremely unique environment.

The Bulow Woods Trail is a 6.8 mile hiking trail that runs from the Fairchild Oak to Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site. From the parking area at Bulow Creek, the trail will take you through the old growth live oak hammock, following freshwater seepage slopes which are a great visual of our Florida Aquifer in action. A small bridge at 1.5 miles provides a scenic view of Cedar Creek. The trail is 6.8 miles one-way, totaling over 13 miles to return to Bulow Creek. White-tailed deer, barred owls and raccoons are commonly seen and, occasionally, a diamondback rattlesnake. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance seasonally, and a water bottle is highly recommended as there is no potable water available except at Bulow Plantation. The hiking trail is open for day use from 8:30 am to sunset. Maps and information are available at either trailhead or at Tomoka State Park, 4.5 miles south on Old Dixie Highway.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

An interpretive kiosk is available in the parking area, providing information on the history of the area including the legendary Fairchild Oak, local wildlife, and the unique ecosystems within Bulow Creek.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

There is an ADA accessible picnic pavilion located in view of the majestic Fairchild Oak Tree. The covered pavilion houses four picnic tables and a charcoal grill.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnicking is available for park visitors. A small pavilion is offered with picnic tables and a grill. There are also tables located on the lawn within view of the Fairchild Oak.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are available in the parking area of Bulow Creek offering ADA accessibility.

Weddings

Weddings

Weddings are often held under the cathedral-like canopy of the Fairchild Oak Tree. This is an all outdoor facility offering a small ~24 person pavilion, one ADA accessible restroom facility, and a packed earth parking area.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing experiences within the park will vary depending on the season, but some of our year-round residences include; white tailed deer, gopher tortoise, bob cat and a variety of snakes. In the cooler months you will be more likely to view some migratory bird species, which are heading south to escape the extreme cold. While the warmer months will bring out the gopher tortoises and snakes. Pigmy Rattlesnakes are prevalent in the area, and are perfectly camouflaged in the grass and leaf litter.  Please use caution and watch where you step.