Little-Big Econ State Forest is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Geneva, FL that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Little Big Econ State Forest's name comes from combining the names of the Little Econlockhatchee River and the larger Econlockhatchee River which flow through the property. The forest's most notable feature is the narrow, winding Econlockhatchee River which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Water (OFW) and singled out for preservation. The area that makes up and surrounds Little Big Econ State Forest supports a wide variety of wildlife and provides a roaming corridor which connects the southern part of the Econ Basin to the Tosohatchee State Preserve and other public lands along the St. Johns River for approximately 100 miles. The numerous species of wildlife found in this corridor include: gray fox, river otter, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobcat, resident and migratory waterfowl, wood storks, wading birds, shorebirds and numerous upland species. Other common sightings include: sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, ospreys, and hawks. Little Big Econ State Forest is historically significant since it contains the first means of crossing the Econlockhatchee River. The Old SR 13 railway and trestle was part of the Flagler Railroad System in the early 1900's and today is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and is used by hikers to cross the Econlockhatchee River. Little Big Econ State Forest has an abundance of recreation opportunities. Canoeing along the Econ is a favorite pastime with many visitors, improved canoe launch areas have been established along the river. Three trailhead parking areas have been established for hiking, horseback and mountain bike riding, with 1 hiking trail (Kolokee) in the Florida Division of Forestry's Trailwalker and Trailtrotter Programs. . Other activities include fishing, bird-watching, picnicking and nature study. Primitive camping for canoeists is available with a special-use permit which can be obtained from the Little Big Econ State Forest office. The forest is managed as a Wildlife Management Area in cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fishing is permitted in all waterways of the forest unless otherwise posted. Hunting is permitted on the Kilbee Tract only. Non-hunting recreationists are encouraged to check the Wildlife Management Area regulations and season dates before visiting the Kilbee Tract. Visit MyFWC.com/Recreation for information. In keeping with its mission to protect and manage Florida's forest resources, the Division of Forestry has developed rules which apply to all State Forest visitors.
Hidden treasure near Orlando!! Pristine, great hike. Giant cypress and oak trees, sandy river banks. Quiet place. Dog enjoyed it too!
I have gone to this spot numerous times and have seen an alligator almost every time. Last Sunday I went expecting to see the usual alligator but I was quite surprised to see a group of about ten manatees!
One of my favorite trails. I frequently see alligators out here. I've heard wild pigs, but never seen any. You can also see an eagle's nest from one of the camp sites. It's mostly shaded and the trail is easy to follow.
Not a bad trail, very peaceful and cool things to look at
Love this trail, great hike along the river or through all woods if you choose. This was our first from Barr Rd trlhead but hike was cut short by a storm rolling in.
Fun trail! Lots of drop offs around the river. Nice trail as far as Florida trails go
Great trail! It changes along the way so it is interesting...
Wonderful trail!! So beautiful!!! So many climbable trees!!!
Watch out for roots while trail running, as well as camouflaged snakes and turtles that sometimes traverse the trails (saw a grey rat snake & one small gopher tortoise). Bring bug spray if it's a hot day!
I think this is my favorite hike in Florida.
Very boring walk not a lot offhandedly hot days. Ok for a strolls and small children
I love it! The trails are kept nice and the Econ is beautiful. I prefer MTB, even on a crowded day there are so many trail options that you can go down different paths
encountered a wild boar. ah!
I've hiked this area a million times during all the different seasons, and it never gets old. Beautiful place to hike, kayak, nature/landscape photography. The trails range from super easy to a little more geared for those with some hiking experience. It's great to go somewhere that you can choose a trail for whatever your feeling that day. There's also a few different trailheads, so there's many options for seeing/hiking something new. Dogs are allowed and well tolerated as long as they are on a leash. We haven't had any ticks, fleas, or other hitchhikers on the dogs, although they are on preventatives, none of these have ever been seen on them alive or dead, nor on us. Which makes this a great place to hike in my books!
Lots of scenery at this location. Parking is along 426 for hiking use.
I have hiked some of the bike trails here and people were so polite they didn't even tell me the trails I was on were for bike use.
Pets are ok, but I would leash them as there are quite a few alligators out and about on the river banks.
I have also used this forest extensively for mountain biking; it has some of the longest and most scenic wilderness trails in the greater Orlando area, with the exception of Withlacootchie which covers more area. The trails near the river tend to get sloppy muddy during rainy season, but the sugar sand trails on the Sand Hill - Jones East trailhead are just perfect when they're wet.
This forest has campsites with gorgeous views of the river, so make sure you bring a camera and a pair of binoculars.
This trail is great for family fun always busy and people are respectful. Dogs are welcomed and its just a great trail to hike year round .I always walk this trail at least two to four times a month.
TRY IT you wont regret it
Definitely more than 2miles. I've ridden the trails a handful of times. Always bring hydration n snacks. As for Mtb, is a great training or learning trail. Two Bridges is twisty n technical n U can go fairly fast. There's an organized Thursday eve(6:30pm) ride with a knowledgeable group of riders,good head lights r highly suggested. The trails along the river r scenic n technical, just watch out for 1 to 2 story drops right into the river. Very sandy in most areas(good4leg training). Very muddy in rainy season. There're plans to make it better,longer n many other improvements thx to SORBA's(Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) new local chapter. Get out there n enjoy the outdoors!