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No dogs, but allow horses

hiking
11 days ago

Best hike I've done in Florida.Good workout on the hills , . trail are well marked.

horseback riding
20 days ago

beware of bicyclists most have no clue of how to behave around horses . the trail design is constantly crossing horses and bikes . like most things in alachua county , it looks good on paper , but the function sucks

trail running
21 days ago

Wonderful place to run
Easy trails, can do with kids
No single track
Dog friendly

Love this trail! Have seen a 5 ft rattlesnake on trail, though, so beware!

trail running
2 months ago

First time on the trail and I was shocked. The elevation change was a complete surprise for Florida. Still new to trail running this was def the toughest, despite being relatively short. Great spot to train for the Sky Valley 25k. Made me realize how tough and slow that will be

Change of scenery from what Florida usually has to offer. The river views are impressive.

hiking
4 months ago

7 plus miles of Great trails with moderate incline/decline. Great for bird watching and other wildlife. Take plenty of H2O and watch out for snakes.

5 months ago

Sunday in June it was hot and buggy but I would do it again. Lots of water needed. First hike in weeks that I got no ticks. I started at lower trail head and it took almost 3 hours and I usually would do that many miles in 2 hours.

5 months ago

Great trail! My wife and I did it yesterday! Clocks in closer to 7 miles, (6.8)! Great elevation changes! Bring plenty of bug spray and water! Probably a little harder than moderate! Get out there and go for it!

nature trips
5 months ago

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done

walking
5 months ago

Fun trail lots to see.

A good challenge! A little narrow in some spots! Definitely some climbing/scrambling! Great view of the river from the bluffs!

hiking
6 months ago

I love it here. So peaceful and great trails

Trail is challenging in certain areas. certainly not for children. There are a number of steep inclines. Over all it's a good challenge.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was amazing! Was skeptical about how “hard” it would be but it was seriously pretty tough. Biggest downside; lots of yellow flies and a few snakes. Very narrow trail at times. The beginning was weirdly sandy. Also, definitely need lots of water, I lost a good bit of sweat.

We took an extra challenge to make it down to the water, which was beautiful! However, VERY difficult. The erosion along the bluff makes it hard to get any good traction/ footing, but if you have plenty of time and don’t mind getting dirty/ sweaty trying to climb down and then back up, it’s worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Starts off a broad sandy trail with burned foliage all around. Not sure if intentional or recent wild fire, but it smells good. Less than half a mile in and you're in the trees, staying there for about a mile before some more open spaces, then back in the trees around the River Loop. The bugs were annoying but not too out of hand so long as you keep moving. Lots of squirrels, birds, deer, and a few other things crashing around in the trees.

Made it to the River Loop head after about 1.6 miles. Bearing to the right takes you to a nice bluff, if you don't see the obvious sign. Nice views from a good perch of the Apalachicola. You can continue from the bluff to the River Loop or turn around.

I followed the loop, which is definitely the road less traveled. Trees are marked, but not as well, and the trail is not nearly as worn in as the main section. The loop also has some of the most elevation change per distance of the whole trail. If you're losing light and need to get back, I would skip the loop.

Coming back after the loop in the waning light, I came across a copperhead in the trail. Big one too, at about 5 feet long. Watch your step in the twilight.

Well marked trail, perfect distance for a business trip, nice mix of canopy and open views, big river bluff views, and some very un-Floridian elevation changes make this a regional 5 star almost by default.

Will definitely do again! :D

hiking
6 months ago

Very cool hike as you get to see different types of scenery. Bring plenty of water and a snack as you definitely need it!

hiking
6 months ago

Bring plenty of bug spray and water. One of the best hikes in Florida with a great view from the bluff!! Bring a walking stick as some areas are more challenging going up and down.

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.

Can get sandy in some areas. Some spots are under cover, some are open. Trail is very wide

camping
6 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.

Lovely. Trails are nice and wide and the habitats vary. Doesn't flood out much. It starts off shaded by Oaks and eventually opens up into natural pines and sunshine. Blue trail still closed as of April 15th.

ABSOLUTELY LOVE! went here for an earth day hike and it was amazing! beautiful scenery and not too challenging, good amount of people jogging and hiking and the trails are marked very clearly so u never feel lost. another nice thing is the different trails are all connected so u can really choose an ideal length trail by turning certain ways on different trails, definitely gonna go again (:

The park is really good for horseback riding with all the available access to different locations. Wouldn’t recommend going during the starting if dry season if you have a green horse ,with all the sand blowing from them clearing a few trails.Over all though i would definitely recommend the park for horseback riding during spring when you can smell all the beautiful blooming flowers , see all the deers and get a nice refreshing breeze through the entire park.

Great trail with lots of hills. Beautiful views of the Apalachicola River. We plan to try out the primitive campsites.

hiking
7 months ago

In terms of topography and variation of habitat, it doesn’t get much better in Florida. Spectacular views will have you tripping over your own feet.

7 months ago

georgous hike!

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