Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos
Palm Coast, Florida
Entry Fee: None
Traffic: Light to Moderate
Princess Place Preserve in Palm Coast Florida offers many opportunities for camping, canoeing, and more. But we are here to look at hiking.
If you've already visited Pellicer Pond or the Power Line Trail Head at Pellicer Creek Conservation Area, both just a few minutes drive away, your appetite is already whet for more miles of hiking and nature viewing. Princess Palace Preserve offers that and more! There are 15 miles of trails for both hiking and equestrian and although most of that is for horseback riding, the many sand roads connecting the hiking trails easily bring the hiking trails from about six miles to over ten.
I highly recommend keeping an eye to your right on Princess Place Road for a small, wooded parking area that will bring you to the Hominy Branch Trail Head (29 38.8906N 81 15.1046W). You'll be treated to miles of hiking on your way to the Princess Place facilities where Pellicer Creek widens into really a small lake near the coast. The terrain along the way offers an abundance of diversity ranging from thick, sub-tropical forest to open areas dotted with the occasional palm. Once you reach the Princess Place Preserve facilities that include an Island House, Lodge, and Canoe Launch, you'll discover even more trails for hiking and equestrian, including wonderful views of the shore. It's in this more used area that I actually spot the most wildlife including deer, various water fowl, and the dramatic and beautiful pileated woodpeckers which, thus far, have eluded my camera.