Charming Flagler County, Florida, has so much to offer any leisure traveler - beautiful coasts, fun shopping, great hotels, pet-friendly beaches and more. The First Friday events are full of great food and music, and Flagler Auditorium produces top-notch theatrical productions. But did you know that Flagler County is also home to 72 miles of trails where you and your family can experience the glories of nature? On your next vacation, plan to do more than just walk or sunbathe on the beach - cycle, kayak or hike your way around Flagler.
Why not check out the 3,084 acres of Graham Swamp Preserve & Conservation Area? More than 2,500 acres of the land are covered by swamps, but you can still explore quit a bit of the grounds. Take a leisurely ramble through the hilly hiking trail or cycle through the 6.5 biking trail, which also includes log runs and jumps. If you'd rather take a less ambulatory approach to your visit to the Graham Swamp Preserve & Conservation Area, enjoy spotting the creatures that make the swamp their habitat: alligators, foxes, otter, deer, water fowl and more.
Or, take out your paddles and travel down the intercoastal waterway! Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreational Area is open 365 days a year and offers easy water access in addition to walking, camping, fishing and picnic areas. Better yet, you can rent kayaks, canoes and bikes right on the premises if you don't want to bring your own. Renting the equipment is a great way to try out a new outdoor activity - and even achieve those 2012 resolutions about being more active!
Whether you prefer to get your feet wet or trek through swampland trails, Flagler has a wonderful outdoor adventure waiting for you. To learn more about all these options and more, check out the Complete Nature and Trails Guide PDF download: