Kayaking Tomoka State Park In Florida

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Getaway from the hustle and bustle of the beach and attractions while visiting and kayaking the Tomoka State Park in Florida. This state park is located on the east coast of central Florida just a short drive from Daytona Beach and Orlando. This beautiful area is the perfect place to paddle, hike, camp, or just relax in the lush forest that borders the Halifax River and Tomoka River.

A stand up paddle boarder poses with her board in front of the Tomoka River at the Tomoka State Park.
The view just before launching into the Tomoka River.

Getting To Tomoka State Park

Tomoka State Park lies between I-95 and the Halifax River just north of Ormond Beach and Daytona. The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail cut right through the state park as it weaves its way between the Tomoka State Park, Bulow Creek State Park, and the coastline.

Use this address to navigate to Tomoka State Park.

Looking for a great place to stay near Tomoka State Park? Check out The Cove On Ormond Beach for a great oceanfront location with tons of amenities and only a short drive to the Tomoka State Park!

A two lane road cuts through the beautiful lush forest near the Tomoka State Park.
Cruising through the area surrounding the Tomoka State Park along the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.

Entrance Fee For Tomoka State Park

When you arrive at the Tomoka State Park, you’ll pull up to the ranger station and pay the day-use fee of $5 per vehicle. If the vehicle only has a single occupant, it’s only $4 and pedestrians or bicyclists are only $2.

Use this link for more information on entering the Tomoka State Park.

The entrance sign to the Tomoka State Park.
The entrance to the Tomoka State Park.

Best Times To Visit Tomoka State Park

The Tomoka State Park is open daily from 8 AM until sundown 365 days a year.

With Florida’s warm and sunny weather all year long, there really is no wrong time to visit Tomoka State Park. Each season, however, does have its perks.

A paddler kayaking Tomoka State Park.
The views along the Tomoka River are breathtaking. One side looks similar to the African plains while the other side resembles a lush jungle.

Summer Months

Florida is known for its endless summer. It’s no surprise that visitors continuously flock to the sunshine state for vacation. The summer is the perfect time to kayak Tomoka State Park along the Tomoka River.

You’ll be guaranteed warm weather and sunshine from April through September. Temperatures in Florida average between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months with overnight lows usually only dropping to the low 70s.

Florida is known for its scattered thunderstorms during the summer that can be especially dangerous if you are caught unprepared. Get out on the water early in the morning to avoid the higher temperatures and thunderstorms that occur later in the afternoons. If you hear a rumble of thunder, it’s best to take shelter immediately.

Winter Months

The winter months on the east coast of central Florida tend to be dry and cooler. This is the perfect weather for camping and kayaking along the Tomoka River.

With the chillier nights, camping will be much more enjoyable not only because of the weather, but the bugs won’t be as bad either.

Kayaking Tomoka State Park during the cooler days means you can spend the entire day out on the water without having to worry about thunderstorms or the unbearable hot and humid weather.

A large patio sits along the water along the Tomoka River.
The cute patio area next to the camp store is the perfect place to relax after kayaking Tomoka State Park.

Tomoka Outpost

The Tomoka Outpost, located inside the state park, should be your first stop during your visit. The outpost serves as a camp store, kayak rental office, and even a place to grab a drink after a day of exploring.

Use this address to navigate to Tomoka Outpost.

Step inside to this unique collection of local products for sale as well as all the necessities for your stay at the Tomoka State Park. It’s your typical camp store only way cooler because you can grab a beer and hang out on their patio after your paddle.

As mentioned, this is where you’ll rent your kayaks. You’ll most likely chat with one of the folks who run the shop; lovely people who are passionate about the outdoors and have a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the area. You’re in good hands at Tomoka Outpost!

The Tomoka Outpost is open every day except for Wednesday from 8 AM-6 PM.

Use this link to navigate to the Tomoka Outpost website.

The front entrance of the Tomoka State Park's camp store.
The entrance to the camp store where everything from typical camping needs to fun local souvenirs are available for purchase!

Kayaking Tomoka State Park

Discover beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife as you paddle along the Tomoka River in the Tomoka State Park.

Making a left from the kayak launch will take you along the more scenic route while kayaking Tomoka State Park. The river is a bit thinner in parts and the landscape varies from lush forest to marshy plains.

The east side of the river looks as if you’re paddling through the jungle while the west side looks like you’re paddling through Africa. It truly is incredible!

Take a right out of the kayak launch and you’ll find yourself more exposed in “open water” or the Tomoka Basin. You’d still have to paddle pretty far to make it to the ocean, but this open area can become choppy and much more difficult to paddle in certain conditions.

A good tip would be to ask at the Tomoka Outpost which paddling route would best fit your interests. The crew at the outpost is very knowledgable and can guide to make the right choice for a perfect paddle.

A paddler kayaking Tomoka State Park.
Relax as you paddle the Tomoka River. This is one of the most tranquil paddles I’ve ever been on!

Kayaking Rates At Tomoka State Park

A single kayak starts at $18.50 for the first hour and $8.00 for each additional hour plus tax. All-day rental for a single kayak is $55.00 plus tax.

A double kayak starts at $26.50 for the first hour and $13.00 for each additional hour plus tax. All-day rental for a double kayak is $65.00 plus tax.

Canoe rentals start at $25.00 for the first hour and $12.00 for each additional hour plus tax. All-day rental for a canoe is $65.00 plus tax.

Be sure to bring your driver’s license as they will hold it during your paddle and return it after you pay based on the amount of time you were gone.

More up to date information on kayak rentals at the Tomoka State Park is available here.

What To Bring For Kayaking Tomoka State Park

The Tomoka River is quite wide with very limited cover from the elements. There are a few things you should consider bringing with you on your trip while kayaking Tomoka State Park.

A couple of kayaks and paddle boards are ready to launch into the Tomoka River just outside of the Tomoka Outpost.
The launch site is just a few steps away from the Tomoka Outpost’s patio where you can relax with drinks after your paddle.

Camping At Tomoka State Park And Other Activities

Camping along the Tomoka River is just as relaxing as paddling along it. The park has around 100 sites all of which include a picnic table, grill, electric hook-up, and water. There are also three restrooms with hot showers scattered across the campground.

Well behaved pets are allowed at the Tomoka State Park campground and sites can be reserved up to 11 months in advance.

Campsites cost $24 per night plus tax as well as an additional $6.70 reservation fee. Water and electricity are included. Reservations can be made here.

Tomoka State Park also has hiking opportunities, plentiful wildlife viewing, geo-seeking, boating, and fishing. If you’re interested in fishing or boating along the Tomoka State Park, consider booking a pleasure cruise or fishing charter here!

A beach area filled with palm trees and a lush forest line the Tomoka River.
The campsites are located super close to the water along the Tomoka River.

Other Areas Surrounding Tomoka State Park

The Bulow Creek State Park sits just to the northwest of Tomoka State Park and is definitely worth a look when you’re in the area. There is no cost to get into this state park. The highlight of the park is absolutely the Fairchild Oak tree which is one of the largest living oak trees in the south! Hike along one of the many trails and stop by the historic Bulow Plantation Ruins at the north end of the park for even more beautiful landscapes and scenery.

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is another can’t miss during your stay at the Tomoka State Park. This beautiful drive weaves its way through both the Bulow Creek State Park and the Tomoka State Park. The route then curves up the coast along the A1A where the unspoiled shoreline is just feet away from the road.

Daytona Beach is an obvious stop during your adventures near the Tomoka State Park. Once your batteries have had a chance to recharge in the tranquility of the park, venture over to the attractions of Daytona Beach. Visit the Daytona International Speedway for a track tour or one of their many popular events. Pop in for a bite to eat or shop at one of the many local businesses along the Riverfront Shop of Daytona. Take a chocolate tour at Angell & Phellps or grab a homemade cake donut from Donnie’s Donuts.

A girl stands in front of the large Fairchild Oak tree that is located in the Bulow Creek State Park, Florida.
The Fairchild Oak in the Bulow Creek State Park is a must see while driving along the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.

Eat And Drink After Kayaking Tomoka State Park

It’s always important to offer up a great place to eat, drink, and relax after a beautiful paddle.

The closest place to grab a drink, as mentioned above, would be the Tomoka Outpost! Relax on their patio that sits just off the river as you sip your ice-cold beverages.

If you’re looking for a great place to eat and drink as you’re departing the Tomoka State Park, check out the River Grille on the Tomoka. They’ve got tons of local beers on draft including the Tomoka Brewing Company as well as tons of yummy appetizers and main entrees that’ll replenish you after your paddle. Plus, a great atmosphere and this killer view overlooking the river!

Use this address to navigate to the River Grille on the Tomoka.

The view from the River Grille on the Tomoka has a narrow dock that juts out into the Tomoka River and overlooks the marsh area located on the other side of the river.
The view from the patio at the River Grille on the Tomoka. Come for the food and stay for the views!

Enjoy Kayaking The Tomoka State Park

Remember to respect Florida’s natural places by keeping them beautiful and clean for generations to come. Always pack out what you bring in and never litter or discard trash anywhere except an appropriate receptacle. It’s also important to be mindful of the wildlife you may encounter. Never touch, chase, or harass any wildlife you may come across. Keep Florida beautiful by practicing respectful tourism!

If you have any questions or comments, leave a message below or feel free to reach out to me on my Facebook Page or Instagram! As always, thanks for reading and keep on exploring!

The view from a paddle board while kayaking Tomoka State Park.
Enjoy your paddle along the Tomoka River at the Tomoka State Park!

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