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Lyonia Preserve

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info

Andrew Thoreson
Apr 2017
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
How Big Not Rated
Importance Not Rated
Revisit? B
Birding B
Wildlife C *
Summer Heat F *
Terrain B
Fun Hike B
Maintained B *
Mosquitos A
Biting Files A
Ticks A
NOTE: Scrub creatures here
NOTE: VERY exposed plus the sand
NOTE: Good trail markers
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona, FL, Volusia, USA, 32725

1) What It's Like

Unique park with tons of trails through sandy scrub habitat and great spot to see Florida Scrub Jays (and many other birds). It's sort of continuous beach sand dunes without an ocean and a lot of scrubby plants instead of sea oats.

2) Kinds of Birds

We had a great prolonged close up encounter with Florida Scrub Jays - the only bird species to only live in Florida. They have a complex family relationship and one tends to come out and greet you / protect the others. We also saw a lot of cardinals, our first towhees, our first brown thrasher.

3) Wildlife

It's in a fairly urban area but there are scrub creatures like the six lined race runner lizard. 

4) Amenities

There's a BBQ shelter. Otherwise it shares a parking lot with a library.

5) Time Requirements

I think there are two and a half miles of trails so you could spend an hour or two.


We heard this was the place to see scrub jays and it was. On arrival it's quite a sight - the entrance is sort of on the edge of a bowl shape so you can get a nice view of how it expands out. It's bright white sand trails and tons of scrubby plants - mostly oaks I think. We heard birds pretty quickly but towards the center we started seeing them. We spotted a towhee and moved in to try to get photos (was our first towhee) when we look up to the left and there's a scrub jay checking us out. It was sort of like being approached by a friendly stray street dog. That encounter seemed to go on for quite awhile and we got shots of random other birds until we went snow blind from the sand (not really) and headed out. Exceptional place. Not a good idea in summer though - that has to be horrifically hot.

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