Florida Black Bear National Scenic Byway
Byway Length: 123 plus miles
Designated: February 20, 2008
FDOT Districts: 2 & 5
Discover Wild Florida! Florida Black Bear National Scenic Byway is packed with hidden treasures, and calls out to the discoverer in all of us, luring us to get out of the car “touch the forest”, as author Dana Ste. Claire says in the byway video.
This road leads you to a mosaic of natural sites and communities surrounding one of Florida’s most distinctive ecosystems known as the Big Scrub. The Big Scrub is the largest continuous sand pine forest created from ancient sand dunes capped with vegetation adapted to a lack of water. Traversing eastern Marion County and parts of Lake, Putnam and Volusia counties, the 60-mile long corridor along SR 40 serves as the backbone for a network of scenic roads and interpretive trails.
The surrounding land includes the Ocala National Forest, Lake George State Forest, Heart Island Conservation Area and Tiger Bay State Forest. The many springs glittering along the byway are a huge attraction, as is the proximity to waterways for recreation. The Florida black bear is at its highest population density in this region; these ambassadors of the byway are often close to the road, so look out for them!
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Florida Black Bear National Scenic Byway Map
Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway Video
From I-75: Exit #352 (SR-40). Travel on SR-40E to intersection of SR-35 and SR-40 in Silver Springs. (West end of byway)
From I-95: Exit #268 (SR-40). Intersection of I-95 and SR-40 is east end of byway)
Florida Black Bear National Scenic Byway includes a 60 mile segment along SR-40, beginning in Silver Springs, Marion County and ending at Interstate 95 in Volusia County. The corridor also includes a 56- mile series of loop and spurs. It runs through 4 Counties: Volusia, Marion, Lake, and Putnam. Gateway cities to this rural byway are Silver Springs, Palatka, Umatilla, and Ormond Beach.
These are specific resources for this byway. See Associated Florida Resources for connections to organizations affecting all byways in Florida.
Volusia County Tourism:
Ocala/Marion County Tourism:
Lake County Tourism:
Ocala National Forest:
Bartram Trail in Putnam County:
Barberville Pioneer Settlement:
City of Ormond Beach