A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway was designated a Florida Byway in 2002, followed by Heritage Crossroads Scenic Highway designated in 2008. These byways offer delightful visitor experiences to soak up the sun and delve into history.
Explore 72-miles of unspoiled natural beauty along Florida’s Northeast coast. The A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway offers beautiful sandy beaches, endless outdoor recreation options, and history dating back hundreds of years. The land and waters on either side of the Byway have been part of the sweep of American history, nature, archaeology, and recreation for thousands of years!
The southern portion of the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is located in Flagler County, home to pristine parks and conservation lands like the Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park, and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy kayaking, hiking many accessible trails, cycling the coastal corridor along the Atlantic Ocean, or exploring the Intracoastal Waterway – a magical place where visitors are immersed into nature with large sections of the route resembling what early Spanish explorers first witnessed. Wildlife abounds on these ever-changing shorelines, with wind sculpted oaks and expansive cord grass marshes along the route.
The Palm Coast and Flagler Beach areas boast a spectacular independent foodie scene, with plenty of arts and cultural activities. Anchored by the iconic Flagler Beach Municipal Pier – a retro-style A-Frame that opened in 1928 – this area includes cinnamon-colored beaches, breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, miles of canopied trails and cozy accommodations.
Designated by Florida in 2008 was the Heritage Crossroads Scenic Highway, crossing all over Flagler County. This byway is dedicated to telling the story of prehistoric Native American sites in the region, along with exploration and settlement of the northeast portion of the Florida peninsula. The human occupation in Florida dates to the Paleo-Indian Period, between 10,000 and 12,000 BC.
For families, kids are the focus at the Florida Agricultural Museum along the Heritage Crossroads Scenic Byway. Another historic landmark not to miss is the Princess Place Preserve. This Flagler County Park site has many hiking trails, fishing spots and is popular for horse riding. The original lodge, still standing, is Flagler County’s oldest intact structure, and home to Florida’s very first in-ground swimming pool! (Photo Princess Place Preserve)
Recognized as a National Scenic Byway in 2002, the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway was designated as Florida’s second All-American Road on February 16, 2021. The byway connects State Parks, National Monuments, historic sites, stunning beaches, nature trails, boating, fishing, preserves, estuaries, and a diversity of American cultures.