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Nesting loggerhead sea turtle. Smith Creek surrounded by trees. Visitors enjoying the beach and brightly-colored beach umbrellas. A canopy of trees over a sandy trail comprise the Coastal Strand hiking trail.
North Peninsula State Park
The Florida scrub jay sits on a branch with green brush in the background.

History and Culture

The 534-acre beach park was added to the Florida Park Service in 1984.

A black and white picture of a man using loppers to remove limbs from a tree.

Clearing the Trail

Work began in January 2005 to establish the foundation of North Peninsula State Park. Although public restrooms and a parking lot were already built, much work was still needed to make this recently opened park more welcoming to the public. Volunteers worked steadily through damp and foggy conditions to clear the Coastal Strand Trail at Smith Creek Landing. Photograph courtesy of The Flagler Times/Jacque Estes.

Six men are shown working with construction tools and wood near a creek.

Overlook

During the early months of 2005, members from the 30-0 region Lions Club in Palm Coast worked diligently to continue transforming the newly-designated Smith¿s Creek Landing at North Peninsula State Park into an area visitors could enjoy. Photograph courtesy of The Flagler Times/Jacque Estes.

A black and white picture of three men working with construction tools.

Volunteers

Lions Club members assisted in laying the foundation of North Peninsula State Park by building the observation deck at Smith Creek Landing overlooking the canal. This overlook allows anglers and birdwatchers a place to appreciate the serenity of the area. Volunteers played an integral part in the establishment of North Peninsula State Park. Photograph courtesy of The Flagler Times/Jacque Estes.

Metal objects on the beach.

Shipwreck

In 1993, a metal object was first sighted in the tidal zone at North Peninsula State Park. The object appeared to be a winch or windless, perhaps for an anchor or other heavy lifting. Research suggests the object could be from the wreck of the North Western, a ship that sank before World War II near the Volusia County line.

A black and white photograph of a man video-taping a bird.

Jay Watch

In June 2006, five dedicated volunteers set out for the first time to participate in the state¿s annual Jay Watch Program at North Peninsula State Park. Volunteers for this state-sponsored program trekked through acres of coastal scrub habitat to track and record the Florida scrub-jay. Due to a sharp decline in its population over recent years, the Florida scrub jay is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photograph is courtesy of the Daytona Beach News Journal/Jim Tiller.