Tiger Bay State Forest - Gopher Ridge Road

Daytona Beach, Florida (Volusia County)

Last Updated: 02/28/2021
3 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 3.87 miles
Highest Elevation: 40 feet
Duration: About 25 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Daytona Beach
Nearest Town w/ Services: Daytona Beach
Official Road Name: Gopher Ridge Road
Management Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
District: Northeast


Highlight: Tiger Bay State Forest - Gopher Ridge Road
Tiger Bay State Forest is located in east-central Florida and spans about 30,000 acres. Tiger Bay State Forest got its name because of the large wetland that supplies Daytona Beach, DeLand, and other local municipals with water. Tiger Bay State Forest is home to two natural lakes named Indian Lake and Scoggin Lake, and multiple other natural and manmade ponds. These bodies of water bring all types of wildlife; fish, gators, bears, deer, panthers, birds, and insects to the area. Tiger Bay State Forest allows visitors to take in the sights, smells, and sounds of nature by camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, boating, and hunting. Gopher Ridge Road is the primary and longest road located in western Tiger Bay State Forest. The trail starts at an old brick road that is about a 1/4-mile in length. Gopher Ridge Road travels through the forest where explorers will be surrounded by thick green vegetation. The trail is not as maintained as Rima Ridge Road located in eastern Tiger Bay State Forest, but Gopher Ridge Road has a more offroad feeling due to the sandy and loose dirt footing. Gopher Ridge Road is another calm trail in Tiger Bay State Forest for anyone looking to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest.


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1. Gopher Ridge Road Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail interestingly starts on an old brick road. The trailhead is easily identified by the large brown sign for Tiger Bay State Forest located just off International Speedway Blvd.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Daytona Beach, Florida

Starting at the intersection of I-95 and West International Speedway, take West International Speedway west about 8.5 miles until reaching a large brown sign that reads, "Tiger Bay State Forest North Entrance". Turn right/north onto Old Deland Road and immediately there will be an old brick road. This is the trailhead.


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Jeff Bulat

Jeff is an outdoor enthusiast located in the central Florida area. He enjoys exploring Florida's less traveled roads, visiting historic sites, and getting away from the city. While on trails Jeff is a huge supporter of tread lightly and believes in, "take out what you take in." A love for vehicles has recently brought Jeff to the world of off-roading. He is still new to the game but is enthusiastic about learning new techniques, vehicles, equipment, technology, and bringing all together to contribute to TrailsOffoad.
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