Lake Jesup Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sanford, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Lake Jesup Park trail consists of two loop trails located near Sanford, Florida on the north-west shore of lake Jesup and is rated as moderate. The North loop is just under 2 miles and the South loop is 2.5. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Majestic palm trees and a chance to see gators, snakes, spiders and other critters. It's mostly shaded, so it won't get too hot, but it may be very wet after a rain.
Perhaps January isn't a good time of year to go--there wasn't much to look at. About 70% of the trail was all but ruined from all the deep horse prints in the ground. I had to set my mtn bike to the lowest gear, even with full suspension, and even then it was like riding on the back of a hayride over cobblestone. Painful and tedious. But-- the other 30% of the ride was cool... through an elevated aisle between palm trees. My trail dead ended into the 417, which was very anticlimactic considering all the work I went through to get past the horseshoe pits and mud. I will not bike this trail again. The view at the parking lot was more rewarding than the trail, at least for me.
It's gorgeous by the parking area. There are several huge oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.
Once you get past the first bit of the trail it gets so much better. For a good part of it you're up on a ridge among palm trees overlooking the grassy marsh.
I don't think it's used much anymore as bits of the trail are hard to distinguish.
Definitely wear bug spray as it's marshy.
Some parts of this trail are pretty nice, however be prepared to get your feet wet during a rainy season, most of the trail can be flooded...this is wetlands after all.