Don’t miss out on the first St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Summit and Trail Celebration on October 26-28 in West Volusia, hosted by the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance. This is your chance to “get in the Loop!” Learn what’s happening in all five counties around the Loop – Putnam, St Johns, Flagler, Volusia, and Brevard – and meet the teams working on the Loop and find out how to get involved. The main programs will take place in beautiful downtown DeLand (recently voted America’s Best Mainstreet!). The afternoon of October 26 will feature a Discovery Tour of the completed sections of the Loop near Enterprise and Green Spring Park, followed by a reception and dinner. Saturday’s celebration is a family event and fun Halloween Ride and costume parade at Dreggors Park in DeLand.
The St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop is the longest multi-use loop trail underway through the American Southeast. The Loop is an evolving 260 miles that’s already almost half complete or getting built, with a state commitment to its completion. It connects five counties on the St. Johns River and is part of the East Coast Greenway, the nation’s longest connected bike and walking route (spanning 16 states on the East Coast).
The distinctive character of the Loop varies from resort towns to rural hamlets, from coastal dunes to springs. It includes a national seashore, several Florida State Parks, national monuments and national wildlife refuges, Daytona Speedway, the house boating capital of Florida, flowing springs, and acclaimed museums of photography and minerals. The Loop traces Florida in a tenuous balance between fast growth and conservation. It connects the medieval city of St. Augustine to the cusp of the Kennedy Space Center, the college town of DeLand, the old steamboating capital of Enterprise, Spiritualist Cassadaga, and the art centers of New Smyrna Beach.
The celebration will start on Thursday, October 26 with a Loop Discovery tour. Guests will meet at Green Spring Park in Enterprise for bike rides and walks around this beautiful and historic completed section of the Loop. The evening will play host to a happy hour reception and dinner in Enterprise. Details about the dinner will be released later in the month.
Friday holds the all-day celebration with presentations and panels as well as opportunities to get involved in the action happening all around the Loop. You’ll be able to learn about what’s happening county-to-county, like tourism and promotion, highlights of Loop, how they are promoting and plan to promote. Hear about the Alliance’s economic development opportunities and how they are pursuing them. Tickets for the Friday event and celebration are $15 and can be purchased here.
The Saturday event will be held at Dreggors Park in Deland and will feature a Bike Rodeo and a Great Pumpkin Ride. The kids will be able to enjoy a special safety Training and mentoring as well as the DeLand Great Pumpkin Ride – a guided tour of the historic district including the historic people buried in Oakdale Cemetery. End the day with a costume and bike decor contest. Entrance to the event is free, but you must be registered.
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