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The Sweetheart Trail offers a paved route nestled between Beach Street and the Halifax River in Daytona Beach. It's named after a yacht owned by Charles Grover Burgoyne, a successful businessman who lived in Daytona Beach in the late 1800s.
The pathway begins at Main Street Bridge and heads south to Orange Avenue. Along the route, shade is provided by unique sail-like canopy structures.
Near the north end of the trail, travelers can cross a pedestrian bridge to access the beautiful Manatee Island Park, where there are restrooms and picnic pavilions, as well as a fishing pier, playground, and amphitheater. City Island Park is also accessible from the trail by crossing a wooden footbridge a little farther south; baseball fields, tennis and volleyball courts, picnic areas with grills, and the Daytona Beach Regional Library can be found on the island.
The 1.5-mile trail will one day stretch 6 miles from the southern to the northern limits of the city. It's also part of a larger developing project, the East Coast Greenway, a multi-use trail network which will span the Eastern Seaboard from Florida to Maine.
A large parking lot is available under the Main Street Bridge near the north end of the trail. Just south of that bridge, you can cross a pedestrian bridge to access Manatee Island Park (355 N Beach St.), where restrooms are available. Near the south end of the trail, City Island Park (115 Orange Ave.) provides parking and restrooms as well.
It was nice and clean. Some parts are dog friendly. The board walks are wide and runnable. There were some homeless people camping around the area. But is very flat, so we ran the Hwy 92 Bridge over and back to add a hill.
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