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Bike Florida Event Showcases Florida State Parks

~Annual Bike Florida trip spotlights six state parks in north central Florida~

TALLAHASSEE ? The Florida Department of Environmental Protection?s (DEP) Florida Park Service is partnering with Stetson University to host the 17th annual Bike Florida spring event in north central Florida. During the 300-mile loop ride, which begins Saturday, March 27 at Stetson University, participants will visit six state parks travelling through DeLand, Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach and New Smyrna Beach.

?Bike Florida is a unique event that we are happy to host and support,? said Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock. ?The weeklong event is a wonderful way to promote health and fitness throughout Florida State parks and other natural areas, while at the same time providing an economic boost to multiple Florida communities.?

The weeklong Bike Florida bicycle camping tour is for all levels of bikers and encourages families to get outdoors and exercise while enjoying the beauty that natural Florida has to offer. At least 400 riders are expected to participate in the tour, riding 30-60 miles daily, visiting six state parks during the journey, including:
  • Hontoon Island State Park, Saturday, March 27, 2010.
  • De Leon Springs State Park, Sunday, March 28, 2010.
  • Blue Spring State Park, Sunday, March 28, 2010.
  • Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, Monday, March 29, 2010.
  • Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Tuesday, March 30, 2010.
  • Tomoka State Park, Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

Highlights of the tour include the opportunity for participants to soak in the healing waters of historic De Leon Springs State Park, as Native Americans did 6,000 years ago or take a trip on a park ferry and experience an island hike in Hontoon Island State Park.

Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, Florida State Parks has grown from eight to 160 parks over the last 75 years. Today, the Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of Florida?s natural environment, including 100 miles of beaches, eight National Historic Landmarks and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Florida State Parks has been recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association as the nation?s first and only two-time Gold Medal winner for the nation?s best park service.

For more information about Florida State Parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org or follow on Twitter, www.twitter.com/flstateparks. For more information about Bike Florida, visit www.BikeFlorida.org

Bike Florida Participants

"Bike Florida is a unique event that we are happy to host and support."

Mike Bullock
Florida Park Service Director



Last updated: May 19, 2010

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