The phrase "Old Florida" refers to a quieter time in the history of the state. Just south of New Smyrna Beach, the small city of Oak Hill is a genuine throwback to that earlier time and exhibits many of the qualities that originally attracted people to Florida in the first place. Tucked between the extensive Turnbull Hammock Conservation Area and the Indian River, Oak Hill is at the epicenter of the region's unique ecosystem, one that draws avid and novice fishermen and boaters season after season. The natural environment is a big draw, but this small, close-knit community quickly makes visitors feel welcome in an Old Florida kind of way.
This southernmost city of Southeast Volusia County dates back to the 1700s. Today, many residents of Oak Hill work at Kennedy Space Center, which collaborated with Oak Hill officials and community leaders to create Burns Science & Technology School, a STEM school focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. Oak Hill is an Enterprise Zone as designated by the State of Florida. It is the home of Sauer Incorporated and other manufacturers. The city is dedicated to preserving its history and heritage while enhancing its economic, environmental and cultural standing. The current population is 2,029.
It has a variety of natural and human history, great local seafood, world-class sunrises and fishing, incredible wildlife viewing, and a friendly, low-key feel. Oak Hill is a fisherman’s paradise as it sits right on the Mosquito Lagoon, which is considered the redfish capital of the world. Because of the year-round lagoon population, this is the most unique place in the world to fish for redfish. Most of Mosquito Lagoon’s redfish never leave the shallow waters of the lagoon thus making it the only place in the world you can stalk and sight-cast to adult redfish in the 30 to 50-inch range on clear flats. The most popular spot in Oak Hill is the Goodrich Seafood and Oyster House. If you’re taking a trip down to Oak Hill, you have to make sure you stop here to try the seafood!