Florida Black Bear National Scenic Byway
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.
Florida Scenic Highways are often referred to as “byways.” One of the main requirements of scenic byway designation is that it show one or more of six key intrinsic qualities: Historic, Archaeological, Scenic, Cultural, Natural, and Recreational. Learn more about the Florida Scenic Highway program at http://floridascenichighways.com/