There’s an extensive array of off-road running options in the Daytona Beach/New Smyrna Beach area. This includes an expanding network of multi-use trails in inland areas of Volusia County. The most extensive is the Spring-to-Spring trail, which consists of 20 miles over several sections (see separate post). Below are some recommendations. Also, good to check this site for additional information, as there continues to be work expanding and improving the trails.
New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail. This relatively new gravel trail is a good off-road running option near New Smyrna Beach. It runs for 2.2 miles from West Pine Avenue., west to Sugar Mill Dr. It can be reached from downtown, about 1.5 miles along Canal St. MAP
Bulow Creek State Park. A 5,600 acre park, of which 1,500 acres are submerged lands. A park highlight is the 500-year-old Fairchild Oak. There are several interior trails, most notably the Bulow Woods Trail, a 6.8 mile one-way trail run/hike that that runs from the Fairchild Oak to Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. Open woods and sections under cathedral-like canopy of live oak trees. Park information and trail map.
Lehigh Greenway Rail Trail. Just north of Flagler Beach, there are numerous options for putting in many miles along this paved trail. Our favored section up to 6.7 miles one-way along the canal, paralleling and across from Royal Palms Parkway, from Colbert Ln. west to Rt. 1. MAP. There are some additional but less scenic sections of this trail. Nicely shaded in most sections. Info.
East Central Rail Trail – Edgewater section. Paved trail runs for 4 miles from Cow Creek Rd. to Massey Ranch & W. Park Ave. Info.
Lake Monroe/Green Springs Park. About 20 miles inland but a nice spot for a destination run. Great options here are a 5.7 mile paved trail from Green Springs Park to Gemini Springs, and a 5-mile paved trail from Gemini Springs Park to Lake Munroe park (both part of the Spring-to-Spring trail). Map and Information.
Trails in Lake Beresford Park and Blue Spring State Park. Numerous paved bike path options in and between these parks, some are parts of the Spring-to-Spring trail. Map and Information.