Pine Island Trail is a 8 mile out and back trail located near Orange City, FL that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Orange City, FL: Take U.S. Highway 921 / 17 to French Avenue. Travel 2 miles west on French Avenue to the park entrance. From the last parking lot, a trailhead is located on the southside between the cabin area and the lagoon.
First half mile is nice, trails through a pine swamp. Then miles of sugar sand on an access road. Did see a few scrub jays.
The trail is beautiful as it takes you through different terrains and ecosystems. It ends on the banks of the St. John's River. My friend and I saw a Florida panther and a family of wild boar. Highly recommend this trail.