Bulow Woods Letterboxing LbNA # 8491 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Apr 24 2004|
Make your way to Bulow Ruins Historic State Park in Bunnel, Fl.
From the North
Take interstate 95 South to exit #278 (old exit # 90) Old Dixie Highway; make a left at the end of the exit ramp and proceed over the highway overpass. When you come to your first intersection (right past the shopping center), make a left onto Old Kings Road (Volusia County Road 2001). Then go 1.8 miles until you see a sign that says Bulow Ruins Historic State Park. A small dirt road is accessible on the other side of the road from the sign. Make a right onto the road and go .9 miles to the Bulow Woods trail head*.
From the South
Take interstate 95 North to exit #278 (old exit # 90) Old Dixie Highway. Once off the highway make a right onto Old Dixie Highway. When you come to your first intersection (right past the shopping center), make a left onto Old Kings Road (Volusia County Road 2001). Then go 1.8 miles until you see a sign that says Bulow Ruins Historic State Park. A small dirt road is across the street from the sign. Make a right onto the road and go .9 miles to the Bulow Woods trail head*.
*At the Bulow Woods Trail Head there are a limited amount of free parking spots. If these spots are full; make your way to the entrance of the park. Pay the two-dollar entrance fee and park by the visitor center. If you pay the entrance fee, feel free to drive further down the road (once it enters the park) and see the plantation/mill ruins.
In order to find the letterboxes you will need a compass. Bring water and snacks; dress appropriately for the time of the year. Some times of the year there are ticks out; so check your self over for them. It takes about 2 hours to find the letterboxes and return.
Box 1 Timucaun Indian
The Timucaun Indians, a generally peaceful people lived in Northern parts of Florida; on both coasts. They were the first slaves on Bulow Plantation but eventually died off from European diseases or some tribes merged with the Seminole Indian tribes.
1.Come to the first bridge on the trail, turn around and head back about 70 paces. Look for the big tree right next to the trail on your left with 3 visible branches (the tree has many visible branches visible from the other side), one on of which crosses over the trail.
2.Turn and face the tree from the trail. About face to NE (compass heading 50 degrees); look for the tree with big trunks out about 20-25 paces off the trail.
3.The letterbox is in the base of the tree
4.Continue back up the trail.
Box 2 Wild Pig
Wild pigs although not native to North America are found abundantly in Florida's forests. These exotic species came to the state with European settlers. Once they escaped settlements they thrived on the vegetation, expanding their population rapidly.
1.Going south on the trail, cross the bridge and begin to count double blazes (double orange marks on the trail which mark sharp change in direction, they are placed upon the trees beside the trail). When you get to the fourth double blaze stop.
2.Turn to your left (compass heading 70 degrees) and walk 30-35 paces approximately to a large tree with a bulb like base.
3.The box is in the base of that tree.
4.Head back to the trail.
Box 3 Bulow Ruins
The Bulow Sugar Mill was part of the Bulow plantation. At one point in time it was the largest mill on the East Coast of Florida. In 1836 Seminole Indians raided the plantation, burning it to the ground along with part of the mill. Today the limestone walls are some of the only remnants of the plantation.
1.Come to the second bridge, walk over it and stop.
2.Walk 30 paces from that point and come to a halt turn right (compass heading 220 degrees).
3.Now walk an additional 30 paces to the large tree that looks like it is being strangled by its branches.
4.Look behind the tree at the base of it to find the box.
You will approach a junction where to trails diverge, one the Pine Hammock Trail and the other the marsh trail. Please note either trail will lead you to the final box. If you have the time and would like to, take the scenic loop on the Marsh Trail. If you are in a rush take the Pine Hammock Trail, which will take you to the last box faster.
Once you reach the second intersection of the two trails you will see the Cisco Ditch. There is a sign, if you are on the Pine Hammock Trail make a right and continue on the trail a short bit. If you are on the Marsh trail continue going straight at this intersection. No matter what trail you cam on once you continue past the second intersection you will
Come to the Cisco Ditch bridge.
Box 4 Salt Marsh
Salt marshes are ecosystems containing large quantities of living organisms. These marshes are tidal, meaning the water becomes higher and lower as the tides go out into the ocean. Marshes can be found in abundance along the east coast of Florida especially in the vicinity of the Intercoastal Waterway.
1.Stop at the end of the bridge after walking over it. Walk 2 paces past that point.
2.Turn right to compass heading 200 degrees
3.Walk to the top of the small hill now in front of you.
4.Stop at the top of that hill.
5.Look left (compass heading 120 degrees).
6.Walk about 10-12(downhill) paces to the tree at the heading and look at its base for the box.