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    Osteen, FL


    Rural Florida Beauty

    Rural Florida comes to life in this inland community Southwest of New Smyrna Beach. Explore the flora and fauna of Beck Ranch, a working cattle ranch turned 25-acre park. Search for wildlife among the cypress and oak trees at the 150-acre Hickory Bluff Preserve, which overlooks the St. Johns River.

    Visit a multipurpose trail like the East Central Regional Rail Trail, which runs through Osteen from Edgewater. Then enjoy Osteen’s old-school feeling with all-day comfort food at the Osteen Diner, which serves dishes like “Mom’s Breakfast” and good old-fashioned pot roast. 

    East Central Regional Rail Trail

    The East Central Regional Rail Trail extends across Brevard and Volusia counties on abandoned rail lines. It’s the longest rail - trail conversion in the state. The trail has three legs – one extending up to Edgewater and one down to Titusville at the Indian River. Those two trails meet west of I-95 and continue west through beautiful undeveloped countryside. The trail travels alongside the Osteen - Maytown Road and continues to an excellent starting or turn - around spot, Green Springs Park. One section recommended for scenic beauty starts at the Osteen Trailhead (just east of SR 415 on New Smyrna Blvd.) Riders like to stop at the nearby Osteen Diner, about two blocks away. From the Osteen Trailhead, the trail has a very scenic 6 - mile section to Green Spring Park, the official end of the East Coast Regional Rail Trail. This section is away from main roads and offers shade and a variety of scenery.

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    Hickory Bluff Preserve

    Explore the 150 - acre Hickory Bluff Preserve that overlooks the St. Johns River and contains many natural communities including mesic and scrubby flatwoods, oak hammock, cypress domes, floodplain swamp, and wet prairie. While hiking the trails, you may identify distinct natural communities by the presence of certain plants. The preserve was acquired by Volusia County Government using Volusia Forever funds with the assistance of a grant from the Florida Communities Trust. Wildlife along the trail may include osprey, eagle, great blue heron, barred owl, gopher tortoise, alligator, river otter, bobcat, deer, and turkey.

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    Must-Do: Osteen Diner

    Enjoy Osteen’s old-school feeling with all-day comfort food at the Osteen Diner, which serves dishes like “Mom’s Breakfast” and a good old-fashioned pot roast. 

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