Paddling trails

Volusia County is fortunate to have many opportunities for paddling trails in inland waterways on the east side and on the St. Johns River on the west side. The county has several state-designated paddling trails including our latest project, the Hontoon Dead River Paddling Trail. This paddling trail is part of the St. Johns American Heritage River Project.

Hontoon Dead River Paddling Trail

The Hontoon Dead River Paddling Trail is a 10-mile paddling trail in west Volusia County. The trail travels along the St. Johns River and around Hontoon Island. Paddlers may follow the Hontoon Dead River or Snake Creek.

There are two points to launch your craft and enjoy this beautiful paddling trail – French Avenue off U.S. 17/92 and the Hontoon Island State Park boat ramp near the end of Hontoon Road off Old New York Avenue. When the final phase of our new park at Lake Beresford is completed, there will be a third launching site in the park.

Soon we will be installing directional and informative signage along the Hontoon Dead River Paddling Trail. Here is a map (pdf format) of the paddling trail for you to take along with you.

Other paddling trails

Our other paddling trails include:

  • Bulow Creek State Canoe Trail
  • Wilbur Rose Paddling Trail
  • Spruce Creek State Canoe Trail
  • Mosquito Lagoon Paddling Trail
  • Gemini Springs Paddling Trail
  • Tick Island Paddling Trail
  • Alexander Springs State Canoe Trail
  • Tomoka River State Canoe Trail between Bulow Creek and Wilbur Rose

These paddling trails will have specialized maps and signage in the future.

Come paddle with us in Volusia County!

Tim Baylie

202 N. Florida Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720

West Volusia

Daytona Beach
386-257-6000, ext. 15953

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3300, ext. 15953