Tomoka State Park, located in Ormond Beach, Florida, features a 900-acre peninsula surrounded by the Tomoka River. From its wet marshlands to its oak forest, the park features beautiful scenery as well as fun activities for everyone. Rich in history and situated in a modern, urban setting, this park holds the potential to be both educational and exciting for all visitors. Tomoka State Park sits near enough to the city that any of your needs are conveniently close by, while being secluded enough that you can escape the hassle of the city altogether.
Thousands of years ago, the Timucuan peoples inhabited the area that's now Tomoka State Park. They settled in a village known as Nocoroco, where they fed off the lagoon and thrived for years. Nocoroco is no longer standing today, but the park still contains many fragments of the area’s past, which visitors can see on a trail through the park. The area was later discovered and inhabited by the Spanish, and now attracts thousands of visitors. Book an RV in Volusia County today to discover more history and enjoy the perfect RV camping trip.
The Tomoka River offers visitors an excellent opportunity to take the boat out and enjoy the water. The boat ramp leads to the Tomoka River but offers access to surrounding tributaries as well. Over 90 species of fish have been identified in the park's waters, making the area a haven for anglers. A few notable species include sheepshead, red and black drum, and tarpon. Bring your boat to Tomoka State Park and enjoy some of the most peaceful fishing you’ll experience.
Wildlife watching is another big attraction to the park. Tomoka State Park is home to an abundance of West Indian manatees, so keep your eyes open for these unique creatures sleeping along the shore. With over 160 confirmed species inhabiting the area, the park is also a birdwatcher’s dream. Watch for other types of wildlife, too, such as deer, tortoises, bobcats, and alligators.
Hiking enthusiasts camping at Tomoka State Park can tackle the Tomoka Trail. This half-mile trail takes visitors through the lush tropical canopies of hardwood forests and then through the historical Nocoroco village. Take in your surroundings and get a feel of what life was like centuries ago for the native villagers. Located just across from the park is another trail, the Woodham Woods Trail. This one-mile trail features a wide, paved pathway through the woods and provides visitors with a scenic and fun journey. Those familiar with the area encourage biking the trail, and luckily, there’s plenty of room for the whole family to bring their bikes.
Camping at Tomoka State Park
Tomoka State Park has 100 sites available to tent and RV campers. Each campsite has both electricity and water hookups, as well as a picnic table and grill. Sites can accommodate rigs up to 34 feet. Nearby, campers can find three bathhouses with hot water, two of which are ADA-accessible. The park doesn't offer sewer hookups, but a dump station can be found near the campground.
Both a convenience store and a gift shop are located in the park, so restocking supplies or grabbing a gift for loved ones back home is easy. Vending machines, water fountains, a comfort station, and more can also be found near the campsites. The park welcomes pets on a leash no longer than six feet.
Exploring the Area
When your motorhome camping trip at Tomoka State Park has run its course, make time to visit one of the most popular attractions in Florida. Daytona Beach is around 20 minutes from Tomoka State Park and offers a beautiful getaway along the coast of the Atlantic. Apart from swimming and water activities, Daytona Beach is most known for the famous Daytona 500 NASCAR race each year, held at the Daytona International Speedway in February. Needless to say, you'll find plenty of activities, food, and entertainment for the whole family in Daytona Beach.
Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park is also in the area. If you love Tomoka State Park, be sure to visit this park to explore the rocky ruins of what used to be John Moultrie’s 18th-century plantation. What still remains to view is part of the blockhouse, which started as a kitchen, but workers added onto it in the 1920s. Uncover the interesting history of the different uses for the Addison Blockhouse and admire the surrounding wilderness in Ormond Beach.
Located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida is Smyrna Dunes Park. This park is made up of five diverse ecosystems, including ocean, river, dunes, saltwater marsh, and scrub zone. Visitors can swim, fish, boat, and do some serious wildlife watching here. A variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, and marine life call this area home.
Looking to explore further afield in your RV rental? In Orange County, Florida, about one hour from Tomoka State Park, is Magic Kingdom Park. For families looking for a bigger and more urbanized trip, this is the perfect place. Magic Kingdom Park opened as the first park of Walt Disney World Resort. There are endless possibilities here, from rides, shows, fireworks, and much more. If you’re looking for an exciting and fancier vacation, this one will not disappoint. Rent an RV in Orange County today!