The Daytona Loop

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 10 visitors


State: Florida
Date Submitted: November 1, 2007
Submitted by: John Bach
Motorcycle Road Length: 22 Miles

Written Directions

Daytona, FL is the place for the "loop". It is a Daytona Bikefest, and Biketoberfest MUST! The Loop begins with a northerly trek at the foot of the Granada Bridge on John Anderson Drive in Ormond Beach. Going North, riders are greeted by a cathedral of trees up to the Highbridge Road where they hang a left (to go west) and go over the bridge and the Intercostals Waterway (the Halifax River). There are several places to stop along the way and just enjoy the Florida countryside. After more winding turns, you'll come upon Walter Boardman road where you will make a left to take you further west to Old Dixie Highway. When you reach Old Dixie Highway, take another left (to go south) toward Ormond Beach and your starting point at the Granada Bridge ... a perfect 22 mile loop!

Scenery  

Awesome, wetlands. Mixed with some breath taking tree covered roads. Nice river, and small swamp/marshlands.

Update added by boss338bar on 8/21/12: You ride alongside the Atlantice Ocean on A1A. The Highbridge section takes you through some twisties along tributaries of the Tomoka River. Then you tavel through the Tomoka State Park forest with trees over hanging the road.

Road Quality  

If it is the rainy season, expect some water over the road, if the water table is up. very flat, sharp turns nice and quiet.

Update added by boss338bar on 8/21/12: A1A and Old Kings Road are straight well maintained roads. The Highbridge section of the trip has twisties, but the roads are in good overall condition.

Roadside Amenities  

The loop goes through part of Daytona. There are some nice beach restaurants. I believe there are 2 gas stations on the loop also. Nice places to stop along the route and take in scenery.

Update added by boss338bar on 8/21/12: There are restaurants, bars and fuel along A1A. The rest of the ride has no commercial activity at all. If you go North instead of South on Old Kings Road you will hit the I-95 interchange or keep going to the White Eagle Lounge, a biker friendly bar.

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by Guest on August 26, 2010
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Tom D
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: John did an amazing job with the virtual map tour! It truly is an enjoyable, scenic ride! There is one other way you can enjoy this ride however. If you enjoy more ocean views, you can start out on A1A in Daytona and just continue up towards Ormond staying on A1A. The Atlantic follows you the entire way with some great views of the water/beaches. Then simply turn left onto Highbridge and follow the rest of the directions! Just a small alternative to one great ride!
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Reviewed by Guest on May 23, 2010
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: wilcox
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I rode the loop on May 22, 2010 and it is the most scenic route in the Daytona Beach area. Along a majority of the route the road is covered by a canopy from oak, and many other types of trees which helps tremendously to keep cool during the summer heat. There are plenty of straits, curves, and scenery along the entire route; it isn't the longest ride, but it is still one of my favorites!
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Reviewed by Guest on December 11, 2009
(2 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jacob
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: The loop offers some nice views, but as great riding roads go, it's boring. It's mostly straight, getting bumpy roads. There is one part that is maybe 1/2 mile long that is tight twisting road, but if you screw up it's either water or trees, immediately. It is nearly a 30 minute ride from Daytona Beach to the Loop. Overall, I have found much better roads than this one in Michigan. Cruisers will probably prefer it more than sport bikes since it isn't all that curvy.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 29, 2009
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Steve
motorcycle_year: 2001
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: The loop is one of the greatest motorcycle rides there is. Your ride begins along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean coming out of Ormond Beach. You then turn into the Tamoka Park to ride the Loop. The road is excellent with twisties and breath taking views of waterways and wildlife. There are areas to stop along the way for breaks and a packed lunch.
A nice place to stop and eat at the end of your ride is Caribbean Jacks.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 9, 2008
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: AK
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: The loop is a fun place to ride- just watch your speed once you get on highbridge! Some of the turns are very tight and several people have lost their lives on the loop...I've gone off into the woods when carrying too much speed into a corner- thankfully i missed hitting anything and just got muddy. If I had gone off on the other side, I would have gone into the river!!
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Reviewed by navyjuice on October 18, 2013
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: navyjuice
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Yamaha V-Star 950
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Nice ride, the trees are especially spooky at night. You hear all the sounds of nature and can only see where your headlights are pointing.
There is a small stretch that you must watch out for water over the road, It is right in the middle so it would suck to turn around. It is salt water so once you go through it find the first place to rinse of your bike.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 22, 2010
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jimmy
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Beautiful ride. I recommend different start. North on A1A then left on Highbridge Rd. Once back on Old Dixie Hwy. Sto at the Fairchild Oak on left to see an amazing tree!
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Reviewed by Guest on June 28, 2010
(1 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Rob
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: For all the hype there is surrounding the 'loop', it's pretty crappy even for Florida, and that's saying something. Straight for miles upon miles, and the few turns there are are on a section of the road that's more often than not covered in sand. The road is also way too narrow in this section and features asphalt pushed up by tree stumps.
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Reviewed by Guest on November 2, 2009
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Renegade007
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: This is a magnificent ride, the turns and twists in the road are exhilarating, and the scenery is like the best of Florida! I live just off the loop, so I might be a little prejudiced...but it is a fun excitiing ride!
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Reviewed by Guest on October 24, 2012
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Danlee
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: anniversary springer
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: I enjoy the loop every year and make sure to tell riders while their in town
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