Rima Ridge Unit - Daytona Beach, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Janila
N 29° 08.300 W 081° 08.614
17R E 486035 N 3223321
Rima Ridge Unit is a section of forest belonging to the Tiger Bay State Forest system near Daytona Beach, FL.
Waymark Code: WMZY5M
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 01/22/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
Views: 6

You may think this is a strange place for a wildlife area as you drive past a prison, detention center, firing range, school admin buildings and multiple bail bond businesses but once you pass these, you will be in another world. As you enter the southern entrance of the Rima Ridge Unit, the first thing you will see is a very lovely picnic area which includes picnic tables as well as a pavilion where you can also enjoy fishing and kayaking in Indian Lake. If hiking is your interest, take a walk along the very easy Buncombe Hill trail (there was no hill that I noticed!) and check out the interpretive signs which will provide you with a history of the area.

Consisting primarily of pine flatwoods, hardwood swamps and hardwood hammocks, Rima Ridge was significantly affected by fires in 1998 and today is a tribute to ongoing restoration.

Information on hunting in this WMA can be found at (visit link) .
Map of Rima Ridge can be found here - (visit link) .
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 11,000 acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
Buncombe Hill Interpretive trail is a 1.9 mile loop in the Rima Ridge section of Tiger Bay State Forest.

What points of interest are there?:
This area was used for turpentine production in the past and there may be remnants of clay pots used to collect Pine resin. I walked the trail and, unfortunately, did not find any. There is also a remains of an old homestead on the north end of the trail.

What activities are available?:
Hiking, hunting, bird watching, primitive camping, picnicking, paddle boating, horse back riding, bicycle riding

Hours of accessibility?: 5 AM to 9 PM

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
Bears, snakes, feral pigs, poison ivy.

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: Yes

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.:
There is a $3 entrance fee, paid on the honor system at the Recreation Area.

Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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