Flagler County is a county
situated in state of Florida nestled between
Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. With an
estimated population of 88,000, the county's
laid back atmosphere has attracted tourists to
come over to escape away from the stressful city
and chaotic setback of modern life.
The county's tranquility is mostly accounted
from its untouched beaches, green golf
courses, majestic surroundings and slow
moving waterways. Itís also a house to 19
miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, where
uncompromising solitude and enjoyment can be
achieved in the beachside communities.
The simple life that Flagler offers to its
residents and visitors can be an ironic
treat since its proximity to the cities of
Orlando, Jacksonville and Sanford as well as
the Orlando International Airport, Walt
Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea
World are only an hour drive away.
This proximity could however
mean a short drive worth of experiencing
relaxation at its best.
Leisure activities in quiet Flagler is
limitless; one can enjoy hiking in the green
forest or canoeing or kayaking in the tranquil
rivers. Bird watching and Salt-water fishing are
not only distressing activities but also an
enjoyable way of exploring more of our fauna.
One can also choose to sit back and enjoy a
picnic in any of the parks or walk to the beach
and engage in a long walk in the sand Playing
golf with friends is also a good idea, with
Flagler being constantly referred as the
Flagler County boasts its five preserves which
has been frequently visited by guests. First in
the list is a former airport, the 217-acre Betty
Steflik Memorial Preserve, which offers a view
of the salt marsh and coastal scrub communities.
Graham Swamp Conservation Area, on the other
hand, is big at 3,084 acres and is the most
recent inclusion the Flagler County's preserves
and is a home to a number of exotic bird
species, otter, deer and other mammals and
alligators. 2,500 acres of the property are
covered by wetland hardwood swamp while the rest
is a forested upland. Motorized vehicles in
Graham Swamp arenít permitted although visitors
are allowed to hike and view the wildlife, only
if conditions permit them. Another one is the
Haw Creek Preserve with an area of 1,005 acres.
Canoeing and fishing in the dark creek waters
has been a popular leisure activity in this
preserve. A picnic pavilion is also available
where visitors can enjoy a night of barbeque
grilling and a view of exotic animals like the
osprey, blue heron and the alligator.
On the other hand is considered as the "crown
jewel" in Flagler County's setting of parks.
Aptly named as Princess Palace Preserve, this
1,500 acre environment is the nesting grounds
for bald eagles and is located in a place that
overlooks the former house of a Russian Prince.
The 1886-built hunting lodge of Henry Cutting
can also be found here, the oldest standing
structure in the county. One can choose to spend
their time fishing along the Matanzas River or
camp out while enjoying the stars of the night.
Last in the list of preserves is the River to
Sea Preserve is a maritime scrub environment
that is in danger of disappearing. This 90-acre
preserve is currently being restored, but still