Little-Big Econ State Forest

MODERATE 28 reviews

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.

9.6 miles 225 feet Loop

dogs on leash

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

muddy

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.

hiking
1 month ago

I did a night hike with my dog and it was great! This is my default trail since it's close and seems to be the best trail I've found so far. By far the best trail around. It is clearly marked so it's hard to get lost, even in the dark! There are several options to take different trails along the way and signs that let you know the mileage and the way to go if you want to pick up another trail. Hike on!

hiking
2 months ago

Hidden treasure near Orlando!! Pristine, great hike. Giant cypress and oak trees, sandy river banks. Quiet place. Dog enjoyed it too!

2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Not a bad trail, very peaceful and cool things to look at

3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

geocaching
6 months ago

Fun trail! Lots of drop offs around the river. Nice trail as far as Florida trails go

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! It changes along the way so it is interesting...

6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Wonderful trail!! So beautiful!!! So many climbable trees!!!

trail running
11 months ago

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!

hiking
1 year ago

I think this is my favorite hike in Florida.

1 year ago

Very boring walk not a lot offhandedly hot days. Ok for a strolls and small children

hiking
1 year ago

sea kayaking
1 year ago

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

hiking
2 years ago

encountered a wild boar. ah!

hiking
2 years ago

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!

hiking
2 years ago

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.

hiking
2 years ago

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