The Fairchild Oak Letterbox LbNA # 7074
|Placed Date||Jan 29 2004|
|Location||Ormond Beach, FL|
Title: Fairchild Oak Letterbox
Location: State: FL County: Volusia Nearest Town: Ormond Beach
Planted by: Tweety and Mr. Coon ( Rehoboth, MA ) Date: 1/29/04
Difficulty: Easy, a drive-by or at least a park - and bring it back to the car to stamp in if its raining - box. 200 feet from the parking lot. Just about two miles off of Route 95 at exit 278.
In addition to some big live oaks, Bulow Creek State Park has a short nature trail and a longer five or six mile trail. The Fairchild Oak is estimated to be over 800 years old and there is an interesting display of data which is evaluated when a tree is being considered for state champion status.
By the way, if you do much outdoor site hopping as we do on vacation, you may find it useful to get hold of some brochures called The Great Florida Birding Trail Commemorative Guide, publications of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. We found two editions, an East section and a West section version. They were available free at many of the nature centers and park visitor centers. They list various kinds of birding spots and give some helpful information on each and good directions along with locater maps.
From I-95 exit 278 go east 2.1 miles to the signed entrance on your left. for the Fairchild Oak site (part of Bulow Creek State Park)
From Ormand Beach (or Daytona ) follow Beach Road north from its intersection with Route 40 just before the bridge over the intracoastal waterway (there are signs on Route 40 going into Ormand Beach for Tomoka State Park as a stop on the Florida Birding Trail) continuing past Tomoka State Park and you will pass onto the Old Dixie Highway. At about 4.8 miles from the Beach Road -Route 40 intersection you’ll reach the signed entrance on your right for the Fairchild Oak site, which is part of Bulow Creek State Park. You can see the tree from the parking area.
Directions to the box:
Start down the cement walkway past the picnic tables and continue to the sign for the Fairchild Oaks Hiking Trails. Take the path to the left of the sign and note the sign for the Florida Trail Association. Seventy-five of my steps down the trail from that FT sign there should be a large Live oak on the right side of the trail. The box is nestled under debris between a vine and the base of the tree (east side of tree)