There is more to Florida than beaches and theme parks! This scenic byway which passes through West Volusia County exemplifies all that locals and tourists can enjoy which is rooted in local Florida culture, history and nature.
The Native Americans of the area, the Timucua, referred to the St. Johns River as the “Welaka,” which meant “River of Lakes.” The St. Johns River and the series of lakes it connects were the lifeline and the roadway for centuries of inhabitants, settlers, travelers and tourists. From the Timucua, to the early Spanish and English settlers and plantation owners, to Civil War supply lines and the 1800s Steamboat Era, the River of Lakes provided the passageway, the supply line, and the source of life.
The River of Lakes Heritage Corridoris a Florida Scenic Byway which connects travelers to the numerous cities, towns, heritage and cultural sites. The River of Lakes Heritage Corridor (ROLHC) embodies a unique blend of sophisticated contemporary culture, rich historic preservation, and gorgeous natural Florida.
The charm of this area has drawn many new developments in recent decades, with four-star restaurants and regal art galleries thriving alongside good old BBQ joints and antique architecture. Spanish moss sways over the sidewalks during the many festivals and concerts. You are never too far away from nature along this byway – and many locals have their bikes and kayaks at the ready.