I stumbled upon this park while vacationing in New Smyrna, and was instantly struck by it's beauty. As I entered the park I did not encounter another soul down the entire six mile drive. Entering the visitor center I found a trailer with a park ranger who informed me of a canoe trip the following day. I then proceeded to venture off on all the turnoffs and explore all the wonders that surrounded me. Returning the following day I must say the canoe trip with my wife and about 5 other couples was something I will always remember, we encountered manatees and dolphins and countless birds, what a wonderful place.