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Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

 Activities at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic 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.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

Boats more than 16’ are not recommended on Bulow Creek.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Bulow Creek is recognized as a State Canoe Trail. Each bend of the channel reveals new scenery and opportunity for wildlife sightings. Bald eagles, swallow-tailed kites, and Florida manatees are occasionally seen. Canoes can be rented by the day or hour from the park office, which can provide a map. There is a boat ramp available to launch small powerboats.

Fishing

Fishing

Visitors can cast a line for several salt and fresh water species.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The Bulow Woods Trail is a 6.8 mile hiking trail that runs from the Fairchild Oak in Bulow Creek State Park to Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site. The northern section near Bulow Ruins is recommended for half-day hikes. Starting from the parking area on Plantation Road, the trail crosses open woods before entering Bulow Hammock, where the shaded path winds around massive trunks under the cathedral-like canopy of live oaks. White-tailed deer, barred owls, and raccoons are commonly seen, and, occasionally, a diamondback rattlesnake. The hiking trail is open for day use from 8:30 am to sunset. Trail maps and other information may be obtained at the park office of Tomoka State Park, 4.5 miles south of Bulow Creek State Park on Old Dixie Highway.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive exhibits are available

Museum

Museum

The outdoor museum houses a number of artifacts from the Bulow era as well as written accounts of the historical happenings at the plantation.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

A screened-in picnic pavilion is available overlooking scenic Bulow Creek. This facility has 6 picnic tables, accommodating approximately 48 people, and grills available outside of the facility.

Picnicking

Picnicking

A small picnic area complete with grills is located along the scenic banks of Bulow Creek. There is a screened pavilion available for reservations for larger groups. This pavilion has become quite popular for family reunions and birthday parties. Restrooms are provided in the picnic area and interpretive center.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are available at the picnic pavilion and the museum.