The Hammock is a delightful meandering portion of A1A. Its northern gateway is the small town of Marineland that holds the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Also found in Marineland is what some call our ‘gateway harbor’ Marineland Marina, and the University of Florida Whitney Marine Laboratory.
Proceeding south along oak and palm lined roadways 10 scenic miles towards Beverly Beach you will next arrive at The River to Sea Preserve. Jointly owned by the City of Marineland and Flagler County, The River to Sea Preserve begins at the Atlantic Ocean and stretches west to the Matanzas River ( Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway).
Next comes the delightful gem Washington Oaks State Gardens. Following that you will arrive at Bing’s Landing County Park that contains a boat ramp, fishing docks, bait and tackle shop/restaurant and the Mala Compra Plantation archaeological site.
Mala Compra Plantation, dated from 1816, provides a historic link to Florida before Flagler County was established. It was owned by Florida’s First Congressman Joseph Menendez. The award winning archeological site has a self-guided tour for visitors.
Across from Bing’s Landing is the recently completed Mala Compra Mountain Bike Trail for trail bicyclists. In addition there is a pedestrian trail so people can experience what it is like to walk in an oak hammock on foot. Top this all of with a paved bike trail that reaches from Marineland through the entire length of A1A to the Volusia county Line.
For ocean lovers, a number of Flagler County Parks provide access to unspoiled beaches at Jungle Hut Park, Mala Compra Park, Old Salt Park , The River to Sea Preserve and Varn Park.
The Hammock today not only contains these scenic, recreational and historic gems, it is home to a number of art galleries and an array of hotel and motel accommodations and restaurants to suit many tastes. Come visit this truly unique setting between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information, visit www.hammockcc.org.