Buncombe Hill Interpretive Trail
Hike #9 in our book, 25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in Central Florida, highlighted the Buncombe Hill Interpretive Trail between Daytona Beach and DeLand, Florida. It's a two mile trek into the site of an old "turpentine camp."
So we did it again today and here is what we found.
The trail has been re-marked with bright green paint slashes and is much easier to follow than the old dark green slashes. That's the good news.
The bad news is that they are trying to return a part of this area into a habitat for Scrub Jays. To do so they have cut fire trails right across the interpretive trail with heavy equipment. It ain't pretty! The original trail is still quite good though. You will just have to climb over some pushed up debris in a couple of places.
On the interpretive trail, we found interpretive brochures at the trailhead. We didn't see markers for stations 1 and 2, and 6 had been uprooted and is out of place. But the rest of the trail and markers, up to #21, were in place.
So, don't deter from going there and enjoying this trail, even now. A couple of dedicated workers we encountered also assured us that it would be in great shape, with all the prescribed burns done and with a new Scrub Jay habitat by Summer.
Now if someone will only notify the Scrub Jays, we'll all be in great shape!