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12 days ago

we went in early Sept and it's still a bit too warm and the amount of rain has the caves a bit soggy. this is more of a late fall,winter and early spring hike than summer in Sept lol

nice trail! Great Rapids!

one of our best close to where I live.

The trail was pretty but the bugs were horrible. We wore bug spray but still came out with welts all over. It was well marked.

Great walking for either morning or afternoon refreshment!!

hiking
1 month ago

Thank you brother Jim for the tracking polls they make the hills a whole lot nicer. The yellow trail goes into the orange trail. I didn’t do a loop someday I’ll have the time. Who drives on the forest roads I wonder?The Northtrail opens very shaded not a canopy but just lots of small Oaks. Then opens up in the Pines Pines in more Pines. You see lightning damage on the Pines. You see fire damage, a little tiny Pines very interesting not wet at all. I did see raccoon tracks in the sandy area is. Very interesting I love

hiking
1 month ago

Yes it is,Hot, but this will always be my local favorite. The new trail markings are really very bright. The trail itself is pretty well worn and what you might not necessarily need the tree marking but it’s nice to look ahead and see your bright orange marking on the tree.In the very few muddy Areas, you can see tracks. Raccoon I believe. Heard but didn’t see a woodpecker. I might’ve heard a deer crashing through the woods but I’m really not sure what it was. It’s bigger than an armadillo. Saw a large moth not a lunar moth. Bugs weren’t bad.

A nice August, Saturday morning walk in the woods. The trail was well maintained but grassy. Not a single tick. Saw a hawk and lots of deer tracks (horses too). First car in the lot, saw no one else on the trail and no cars when we got back. Pleasant trail close to home, will be back to do this more often.

1 month ago

a must see if you are in the area. tons of caves. if you follow the main trail straight back you will run into the main cluster of caves. off to the left Is another trail that leads you to another group of nice large caves and if you keep walking straight there is another set. if you are into back country hiking there are a few backpacking campsites a mile or two away. beautiful landscapes all around the area of you explore further down the trails

2 months ago

had a great time with my 3 and 7 yr old.

Walked this trail with the family yesterday. Yellow blazes turned to orange early on so we followed those. Came out of the woods on Croom Rd. at the A-B crossing (6 miles East) instead of at the parking lot. Do yourself a favor and download the map, otherwise your 8 mile hike will turn into 15.

The trail is beautiful and dry(!). Not much wild life to see but the kids had a great time running down the hills. We'll definitely do the trail again, only with a downloaded map, since there is zero cell coverage.

3 months ago

Not much for walking, but there are three really cool caves that you have to squeeze through. Once you get through the tiny crevices the caves open up a decent amount really cool to see in Florida

hiking
3 months ago

Have 3 kids so it was an easy walk for them. Seen an armadillo and more dragonflies than I could count. Felt crowded on trails (with vegetation not people) and not very scenic.

Not much happening around this trail. There are a couple of sink holes and mini gorge. Good shade cover.

horseback riding
4 months ago

trails were marked very well. some yellow flies not bad trails. seen Dear, & Turkey

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful as always. The fluorescent green moss is there. No bugs to speak of. No mosquitoes at least. I scared armadillo. Sorry little guy

Really nice walk, I crisscrossed a few of the trails - but spent most of the hike on the green & yellow posted areas. There are some really nice wooden bridges & overlooks that allow you to get a good view of the river. We saw lots of birds, turtles & fish.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail down to the Shoals, not something you can see everyday in Florida. Definitely worth going to.

Great trail to walk, hike, bike, and skate. Lots of little stop offs you can make to explore the surround woods.

camping
4 months ago

Camping is awesome, great hiking trails

Very nice. The park is well maintained and trails are well marked. Paraners Branch trail is a good hour hike that takes you by a few pretty sinkholes and has some varied fauna. River trail is maybe 30 minutes and weaves all around the river. If you're feeling adventurous, do the Sweetwater trail though. It's the blue trail about halfway around Paraners Branch. It's a in and out trail that takes you 6 miles deep to the river sink. 3 miles in is a very secluded lake and primitive campsite. You're likely to be the only person around for miles out there and the hike is pretty.

Its alright. The Big Shoal trail itself is pretty nice and well maintained but if you continue on past it they have blocked it off one way for prescribed burning and the other way takes you to a maze of flooded out trails that will require some backtracking.

walking
5 months ago

Easy walk - caves are interesting- worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

We are learning the basics of hiking. Trying to figure out what gear is needed and to build up for eventually a thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. After celebrating our 20 year marriage anniversary and now our youngest is graduating, along with us turning 40 it was time we did something healthy! We hiked a total of 3.5 miles but didn't realize this app records trip till after we stopped for lunch. Beautiful trail, plenty of shade, and random appreciated breezes. We startled a hog just off the trail that in turn scared us to. All we seen was a flurry of leaves and branches. We had a good laugh and really enjoyed the day overall.

hiking
5 months ago

My friend and I hiked this trail yesterday. This was one of the best trails I've seen so far. The river being right there beside you with the rapids makes for a unique experience for Florida. I do suggest bug spray as there are mosquitoes here with all the water in the area. I will be going back here again sometime.

Great trail right outside of G-ville. it's well-kept enough to trail run, and it's not uncommon to see bikers on the trail. There is a small area where you can see a pond, and a stream that the trail parallels for various portions of the trail. I'll be back for trail runs.

This is a fun trail, you guys! Very pretty greenery all over the place, there’s also a pond (watch out for gators!) and a creek that were very pleasant additions to the scenery. It’s well shaded, so it would be do-able in the summer time when it gets to be stupid hot outside. There’s also a free-to-use sunscreen dispenser at the trailhead that I thought was pretty slick.

There are some hills. Don’t let it being in Florida assume its flat. Beautiful and lots of variety of scenery.

hiking
6 months ago

River Trail and Paraners Branch Trail. Two really nice walks. Rivertrail took you to the river sink and was a loop trail there were quite a few people on that trail the other one was very nice and went by several sinks.

Nice 4 mile walk, very diverse vegetation. tree cover provide shaded walk on a sunny day on a wide trail.

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