Tomoka State Park is a prime example of an urban park. Surrounded on all sides by development and just minutes from all modern conveniences, it is far enough removed from the busy world to afford visitors the opportunity to enjoy a starry sky after dark. The 900-acre peninsula, now known as Tomoka State Park, has provided man and animal with food and shelter since its earliest inhabitants thousands of years ago. Although the land has changed over time, it still offers the chance to nourish minds and stimulate senses. Tomoka State Park offers several serene hiking trails, including a mile-long paved multi-use trail and a one-and-a-half-mile interpretive trail that winds its way through a hardwood hammock. Get some exercise and peace of mind while enjoying the outdoors!
The park has a rich history, here you can learn about the Timucuan Indians that once occupied a vast area including what is now Tomoka State Park. Take a step back in time and learn about the historic plantations that were operating in this area during the late 1700s and early 1800s. The park also offers direct access to the Tomoka River and Intracoastal Waterway via our park boat ramp. You cna bring your own vessel or rent a kayak or canoe from our concessionaire. Paddle down Strickland Creek and you're likely to see alligators, manatees, and wading birds. If you choose to go toward the Intracoastal, be on the lookout for dolphin playing in the water. The Tomoka Basin is popular for fishing as well. Some game fish you might catch are black drum, spotted sea trout, common snook, red fish, and tarpon. Please be sure to follow all fishing regulations and maintain a safe and lawful speed in motorboats. Idle and slow speed zones are strictly enforced.
We also offer picnic pavilions that accommodate between 24-36 people with additional outlaying tables, grills, and restroom facilities. If you need an indoor space for an event, we have a Recreation Hall available for luncheons, group meetings, weddings, and other special events. Tomoka State Park has three neighboring state parks that are each unique and offer various types of outdoor recreation. Please be sure to visit Bulow Creek State Park, Addison Blockhouse State Park and Bulow Plantation Ruins HIstoric State Park while you're in the area. A short lesson about Tomoka State Park's history and culture begins in the early 1600s. Spanish explorers found Indians living here in a village called Nocoroco. Although nothing remains of the village, shell middens, mounds of oyster and snail shells from decades of Native American meals reach 40 feet high at the river bank. This land became a state park in 1945, from then on its natural and cultural resources have been procted.
Admission fee is $5/vehicle (limit two to eight people per vehicle), $4 for single occupant vehicle, and $2 for pedestrians, biycyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Camping fee is $24/night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee (this fee includes water and electricity). Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older, or who hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government, are permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees. Proof of eligibility is required. Small pavilion fee is $40/day plus tax and large pavilion fee is $60/day plus tax. The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.