Description - Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Sites has several fascinating features. The Sugar Mill Ruins is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Visitors can either drive the loop road or walk the nature trail to the sugar mill. Bulow Creek is recognized as a State Canoe Trail. Each bend of the channel reveals new scenery and an opportunity for wildlife sightings. Bald eagles, swallow-tailed kites, and Florida manatees are occasionally seen.
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Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site
- Once the site of a prosperous plantation of sugar cane, cotton, rice, and indigo, all that remains of Bulow Plantation are the ruins of a coquina sugar mill, several wells, a springhouse and scattered foundation stones of the plantation house and several slave cabins. A scenic walking trail leads visitors to the ruins of the sugar mill where an interpretive center tells of the plantation's history. A small picnic area complete with grills is located along the scenic banks of Bulow Creek. In addition, a screened pavilion is available for reservations for larger groups.
Recreation - Picnicking, canoeing, fishing and hiking are enjoyed at Bulow Ruins State Historic Site. Canoes can be rented by the day or hour from the park office. A boat ramp provides water access for canoes, sea kayaks and small powerboats. The park also offers several primitive campsites; permit required.
Climate - The eastern coast of central Florida is usually hot and humid with thunderstorms throughout summer. Average summer temperatures range between 81 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit (27 - 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging 58 - 64 degrees Fahrenheit (14 - 18 Celsius). Typical yearly precipitation ranges from less than 52 inches to about 56 inches. Lightweight clothing and sunscreen are highly recommended during the summer months. Sweaters and jackets are appropriate attire in winter.
Bulow Plantation Ruins is located in central Florida, north of Orlando off interstate highway 95. The site can be reached from Interstate I-95 by taking Exit 90 east to County Road 2001 - the Old Kings Road, a historic roadway connecting the city of St. Augustine to the plantations along Bulow Creek and the Tomoka River. A park sign on Old Kings Road directs visitors to Plantation Road, the original entrance to Bulow Plantation.