Wild Persimmon Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near De Leon Springs, FL that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Went in early March 2016 and didn't experience the severe flooding other reviewers noted. The trail does cross standing water occasionally but there were wooden platforms in place to keep you out of it. Trailhead warns a 3 hour hike, but only took 2 at a leisurely pace with lots of gawking. Kind of your typical Florida hike with swampy scrub hammock and pine flatwoods. Lots of birds including (horned?) owl, woodpeckers and kite-tails
Called ahead to make sure it was open and got 2 miles in and found water up to our knees.... Ain't fond of snakes so we will try again! A muddy blast till then!
The trail warns a 2-3 hour hike, and tells you to check in at the ranger station. My hiking group is rather experienced and actually laughed at the thought that a 4-5 mile hike would take 3 hours, so off we went. In another season, we would've been right. However after a long series of storms earlier in the week about 40% of the trail was flooded. At times the water was thigh deep, and the bugs were horrendous. The trail markers on trees have fallen over at some points leaving you to find the next closest marker or circle for a few minutes trying. Once we got through the worst of it, we made it to the grassy path area (usually mowed in the spring). Not even 100ft into the grassy path we encountered a Cotton Mouth directly in the middle of the path. We were able to use a y shaped stick to hold it down as we passed around it (because no one wanted to turn back and be thigh deep in water after seeing that). We finished the loop and followed the path back out. 2 and a half hours after strutting confidently down the trail head we emerged covered in mud, covered in insect bites, feet cut up and full of thorns, down one pair of shoes lost to the mud, and really wishing that the Sugar Mill was still open so we could go eat our weight in those delicious pancakes.