Cracker Creek

Cracker Creek is an environmental and historical treasure of Port Orange. Located at 1795 Taylor Road, on the western side of scenic Spruce Creek, this 20 acre sanctuary is a natural home for a variety of endangered plants and animals that can be seen by boat or by foot. Cracker Creek is a pure nature preserve and is perfect for many recreational activities such as boating, bird watching, canoeing, and hiking.

The lifeline of Cracker Creek preserve is a unique natural black water system known as Spruce Creek. It is a rare waterway because it remains as one of a few unspoiled streams in Florida. Touring the channels of Cracker Creek by boat is an enriching experience for everyone. While slowly drifting down these streams, many different habitats can be seen including dense forests, saltwater swamps, freshwater bogs, and cypress marshes. Adventuring within these wetlands and winding cypress trees, visitors will find alligators, raccoons, various types of lizards, Florida Sandhill Cranes, Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, and Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers.

Like explorers of old, guests will experience this tranquil pristine land and river ways on their own or as a group. Cracker Creek’s launch site is the only public access to Spruce Creek west of Highway US1. Watercraft rentals include life vests, safety gear and paddles. Pontoon guided tours can be arranged for small groups as well as short pirate or sunset boat rides. Picnic areas, restroom facilities, and other amenities are convenient to the handicap-accessible boat launch with transportation provide for those in need.



Birding, Canoeing, Hiking, Water Recreation


Bus Parking

Average Visit Time

Full day

Fishing Type

Back Bay Fishing, Fly Fishing, Freshwater Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Saltwater Fishing

Guest Information

Family Friendly, LGBTQ Friendly