Eastern Lake Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Rosa Beach, FL that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A friend and I did hiked the shortest trail today with our kids aged 4 and 10. We all enjoyed it very much, found it picturesque. We saw a pigmy rattler so beware! There were a lot of different butterflies. I would not rate it as difficult, it's barely moderate. A definite must!
Its ok a lot of deforesting there. I didn't see any wildlife or birds but I went when weather was very hot out.
Some mixed reviews on here an I wanted to set the record straight
First off I am a novice mountain biker an found these trails to be challenging there are areas of loose sand that are deep an had to come off the bike on 3 separate occasions to make it through trails are well marked an there are arrows letting you know about trail junctions
We rode this yesterday an had a blast would like to see more obstacles if possible downed trees to cross ect.
We did the yellow to orange loop (6miles) an got a heat work out in legs were burning especially in the loose sand areas so know your limits park is well maintained an even had a unisex bathroom at the trail head
Overall great experience an looking forward to going back
Definitely not a beginner trail. Lots of sand and water pits, even/especially after a solid rain. But if you want an adventure and challenge, it's great! Trail head is northern Point Washington State Forest entrance off of CR 395. Mix of single, double track, and dirt roads. Around 6.9 miles in the counter clockwise direction, there are no orange trail signs. Head north to finish the 11 mile Orange/Red/Yellow trail.
The trail is clearly marked and rather flat (it in on the coast after all). My Meetup group did the 9 mile and enjoyed it a lot. Scenery was pleasant and the weather was agreeable. Trail was lose sand in some areas and packed in others. Wildlife was plentiful we saw rabbits and a rather pissy timber rattler on the trail. Trees were mostly long leaf pine and saw palmetto, with groves of scrub oak. We are planning a trip back in February.
Did the red loop. Not too bad a trip. Some deep sand in sections that ware difficult and had to push the bikes through. A good workout.
As written above this trail is best in the early morning hours considering the lack of shade trees. We were blessed with some pretty good cloud coverage that helped knock some of the heat off which was great until it poured down on our last half mile. The full loop is really 10.5 miles(orange marker). But it does give you the option to do a 3 mile loop(yellow marker) and a 5 mile( red marker). Lots of sand
This trail has zero elevation change, but the large areas of sugar sand make up for it. New riders may be forced to dismount and push their way through some sections. Half of this trail is fire roads that connect short sections of single track. This trail is best ridden in the early morning hours as the pibes will provide very little shade from the sun. Be prepared to thoroughly clean your bike after riding this trail due to all of the loose sand. Try to ride after rainfall.