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Smyrna Dunes Park - New Smyrna, Florida

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     A thin barrier island chain Dunes Boardwalk - Smyrna Dunes Park, Florida stretches all along the eastern coast of Florida, and various break-throughs provide a natural channel to the inland waterway. A good example is found on the Volusia County coast where tidal currents created Ponce Inlet. New Smyrna Dunes Park lies at the southern end of the inlet mouth, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse - Smyrna Dunes Park, Florida taking in 250 acres of prime beachfront property. This beautiful beachside park protects a saltwater marsh, a scrub plant zone, sand dunes and a beach ecosystem.
     Boardwalk access carries visitors over the fragile dunes, alongside the Gopher Tortoise - Smyrna Dunes Park Indian River, Ponce de Leon Inlet and out to the Atlantic Ocean. The 1.8 mile boardwalk has a few exits along the way where park visitors may walk their dogs on the sandy riverbanks and cool off in the water. Always a colorful sight, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse lies across the inlet and is visible from the park.
     Although the park is a great place to visit any time of year, winter days are most beautiful when the humidity is low and temperatures still climb into the 80s. Fishing, swimming, picnicking and exploring the nature trails are popular at this coastal setting. Fishing, sunbathing and just plain enjoying the beach are the prime attractions for the locals, as well as Florida's snowbirds.

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