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Bulow Creek, Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park, Bunnell, FL
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Our Route Summary

  • Submitted by: Al Vazquez
  • Date Submitted: 1/2000
  • Location: Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park in Bunnell, northwest of Ormond Beach
  • Class: Typically flat water
  • Distance Paddled: 6 miles round trip
  • Water: fresh
  • Wildlife: Egrets, Herons, Ospreys, Ibis, grasses, sabal palms, hardwood trees

Entry and Exit

  • Directions: 3 miles west of Flagler Beach on Country Road 2001 between State Route 100 and Old Dixie Highway. From I-95 exit at Old Dixie Highway north of Ormond Beach. Head east briefly on Old Dixie Highway and turn north (left) about 1.8 miles and the park entrance is on the right.
  • Telephone: 904-517-2084
  • GPS: N 32 deg 49.137' W 080 deg 08.913'
  • Fee: $2 per vehicle
  • Description: paved boat ramp with adjacent dirt banks
  • Parking: Adjacent, unpaved
  • Facilities: Restrooms, picnic tables, hiking trails, interpretive center

What We Saw

The launch point is on the site of a plantation that was destroyed in 1836 during the Second Seminole War. A tall canopy of hardwood trees draped in Spanish moss covers much of the park.

The launch point itself is right beside what used to be a dock area for boats transporting the plantations goods to markets.

From the entry point, we headed left (upstream) until we ran into logs about 3 miles away. One can also paddle downstream 6 miles south to High Bridge.

The creek is broad at the beginning as it meanders through a grass marsh. You'll see a few straight canals to your left through some developments. Just stay on the main channel as it continues through the grasses.

Farther upstream, the creek gradually narrows and winds through islands of palm trees. We found the reflections on the water stunning that afternoon.

Near the end, the creek narrows considerably and a canopy of trees covers the stream. Based on how energetic you are to pull your boat over logs, you can continue for another half mile or so beyond the first pull overs.