Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches is one of the best ecotourism destinations in Florida. Nature’s been nurtured here—beaches left untouched, wildlife roams about, and canopied trails still provide shade from the hot Florida sun. Ecotourism activities range from serene birdwatching to intense biking, so there’s something for everyone.

Types of Ecotourism Activities in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches:


Spin your wheels along miles of unpaved paths, facing off against steep climbs and tight turns. Mala Compra Trail and Graham Swamp Preserve curve around towering trees and undisturbed brush, allowing riders to get a front row seat to the area’s natural beauty. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled ecotourism adventure—it’s this. Bring your own bike or rent one from a local outfitter, like the Flagler Bike Shop. Check out our Parks and Trails Guide for more places to ride in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches.


Birds of a feather flock to Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. This ecotourism activity is ideal for all ages. Peep for plumage at various local parks: Princess Place Preserve, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, and along the shoreline. Possible species include the bald eagle, yellow-rumped warbler, brown pelican, and more. Learn more about birding in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches.


Put one foot in front of the other to explore the remote nooks and crannies of Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. Winding trails lead ecotourism enthusiasts through long leaf pines and hardwood swamps at Princess Place Preserve. At Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park, venture into coastal hammock to access the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. Whether you want to forest bathe or just burn some calories, a hike on local trails is the perfect antidote.

Kayaking and Stand-up Paddleboarding:

Dip your paddle into the still waters of remote Lake Disston, where Cypress trees rise from below the surface and wood storks and egrets nest above. For livelier waters, Bing’s Landing is a popular spot. Put in and watch for dolphins frolicking in the Intracoastal Waterway. Bring your own kayak or SUP or rent one from a local outfitter like Tropical Kayaks. Not ready to go it alone? Ripple Effect Ecotours offers guided kayak tours led by Florida Master Naturalists.


Sleeping under the stars is even more beautiful in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. Rest your head at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park, where you’ll find beach and riverside campsites that permit both tents and recreational vehicles. If you prefer A.C. over sea air, head to Princess Place Preserve. The county park offers several nicely appointed cabins, nestled among towering trees.

Wildlife Viewing:

Wildlife viewing is one of the most popular ecotourism activities in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. From right whales in the winter to sea turtle nesting season (May to October), opportunities abound to spot our native wildlife. Alligators lurk at Wadsworth Park, while you’ll find manatees lolling about the water at Bing’s Landing. As you view our wildlife, please remember to keep a respectful distance, and follow all rules and regulations. Learn more about wildlife viewing in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches.