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hiking
2 days ago

Great trail with well marked trails. Did the B loop which is about 9 miles starting at the Tucker Hill Trailhead. $2 to access park. I would rate this easy to moderate. The trail has a few roots and some dampness here and there but overall a pretty easy hike with some elevation (150 ft.) which is a lot for Florida. Very little traffic and the ability to customize your hike as you go. Enjoy!

This trail was easily the best trail I’ve ever done in Florida. Tons of beautiful scenery. The trail was decently challenging, which was a nice change of pace for Florida trails. Tons of wildlife to see. Plenty of birds, pigmy rattlesnake and about a dozen gators. Great time! I definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to get out and hike!

not sure how only a one star rating got posted on this for me. but trust me, this trail is 5 start all the way

Did this trail today. got a fairly early start. around 830 am. went to the left at the fork and did the part of the trail not by the river first. did not encounter any people until 4 miles in. then started getting populated. by far the best trail I have done on Fla. very well kept and maintained. no chance of getting twisted around and lost. wildlife everywhere. extreme natural terrain. lots of shade, roots and natural road blocks. I enjoyed every minute. took my 4 legged hiking companion and will absolutely do it again

hiking
10 days ago

All of the reviews I’ve read are pretty spot on to this trail. Lots of wildlife, lots of tree roots & beautiful scenic views. We saw several gators & snakes. Be cautious if you have your furry friends. Bug spray is a must.

trail running
13 days ago

Just finished running this trail. Started at about 10 am Tuesday and only saw two groups of people and one guy who looked like he camped out there. When I got to the fork at the beginning, I choose to go right. This is a loop trail so I'm breaking this into two parts. Since I went right, IMHO, the first half was by far the best part of the trail. I saw baby alligators, birds and squirrels. The trail was really lush, green, and flanked on both sides by water. I kept stopping to take pictures. At one point a flying insect as big as my hand landed on my shirt. After lots of screaming and flailing, it didn't go away, so i had to calmly and bravely remove it from my shirt. Ballsy little bugger!
The second half of the trail was drier and less lush- only a couple squirrels and one angry woodpecker; I didn't take many pictures.
The trail itself is extremely well maintained with fresh bridges and clean trails. There are some big roots and trees to maneuver around, so watch out for those. There are also toe grabbers so watch your step. The trail is 98%shaded, no sunscreen required, but bring water and bug spray. A camera is great.

hiking
13 days ago

Short walk Relaxing is always. Saw a family of three. And a runner.

This was a great hike. We saw lots of toothy critters. One 10’ gator about 2’ off the side of the trail that didn’t move until we almost stepped on it. Keep your eyes open in the early morning as the sun starts to peak through the trees. Most of the entire trail is under the canopy. Can not wait to do it again.

Definitely agree with others here, not a whole lot of shade. The trail is mainly made up of loose dirt so be ready for that as well. The map is misleading so if you wanna deviate make sure you know where you are. Other than that it was a lovely trail and got to see two deer, tortoise, a boar, amongst other animals. The ponds are also a great sight! Highly recommend.

I hiked this trail yesterday and it was mostly dry. I was able to complete this hike in sneakers without getting wet. Half of the trail was out in the open while the other half had the kind of forest hiking that drew me to the it. There were no gators but I came across a black snake and a couple of water moccasins . Only one other person on the trail at the time.

hiking
18 days ago

This is one of the few trails with any elevation nearby my new FL home. I enjoyed the varied terrain and foliage. I walked a few loops on the different (all fairly short) trails and got in some good exercise.

The good news is, if it was not wet it all on the trail. So I did not have to ruin another pair shoes. Our soils do drain rather quickly . The bad news was 2.3 miles in there was a 7 foot gator it was not going to budge from the trail. So I turned around. There are couple things I really wanted to see you again including: the big Cypress and boardwalk, and the two-story cabin. But that’s for another day. It was windy and so I only got bit by two mosquitoes. There was another gator on a bridge it’s Scampered the other way when I approached. However the first one despite cracking my tracking polls together and yelling hey gator, did not want to move it all. I believe I did the right thing.I did not need my polls for water, but they did come in handy when I had to go over a root zone of a very large tree that had toppled over. It looks like the Florida Trail volunteers have done a lot of work since Irma and taking down trees and replace boards on bridges. I do like this alone,

hiking
26 days ago

Not well marked. Not much wildlife. But gorgeous tree canopy and calm environment.

Encountered turkey hunters so be respectful of noise.

Lots of wildlife!

I went hiking here with a friend today and we both loved it so much that we are already planning our next trip back!

If you follow the trails closest to the river, the air is fresh and clean, and everything feels moist and alive! Once you get to the part of the trails that overlooks the river, there are some really great views to be had!

I would rate these trails as moderate, and definitely not for anyone disabled, the very young, or the elderly.

The website says there are about 10 miles of trails, so there's definitely plenty of room to explore if you're hiking, and also a fun amount of trail if you're biking.

The trails wind around and intersect each other a lot, so I would definitely recommend bringing your smart phone and using the AllTrails app or Google Maps. Without those, we would've definitely gotten lost.

For info about where to park, this website explains everything very thoroughly:

https://floridahikes.com/florida-trail-little-big-econ-state-forest

hiking
1 month ago

I did not know there was an entryway and Abrams Road. I didn’t like this way into the park. You’re walking to close to home just to open. I like the other entryway a lot better. And of course since I went in a different way I got turned around got lost in this tiny tiny park.

Update. Over many years of hiking here, I have encountered a coral snake twice. Easy to spot and not aggressive, I have only seen them in the Spring. If you hike with little kids who may be tempted to pick up this pretty snake educate them in advance.

This is now one of my favorite trails.

Nice trail, however I recommend doing during the week... weekends get pretty busy!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderfully quiet walk. Observed baby gators, hawks, and a few snakes. All in all a great hike 6 miles complete.

Excellent views. Weekends can start to get busy; only 3 cars Sat AM, but by noon upon departure there was 30 cars in the parking area. This trail write up should be updated as it is not "lightly" traveled. Regardless, well worth a visit. I've noted a few folks recommending to use go clockwise on the loop to have cooler wind by the trails end. Much of the trail is shaded. Just be careful if you tend to fatigue early, as the river edge portion of the trail has more roots and requires more strength/agility.

This trail is beautiful. Wewalked this trail with an 8 year old in about 4 hours on2/3/18. We saw lots of wildlife including birds, snakes, gators. Can't wait to go back.

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome trail for short or long hikes. I like to find a place and hang a hammock for a few hours then hike back. The river has great swimming holes and sand bars for cooling off.

I hike this trail as often as I get. The wildlife can't be beat. Before hurricane Irma, the playful bears would be out during the day, gators all over the place, even Bob cats and tons of deer and one time and one time only, I was walking with my husband and he grabbed me and pointed to the trail ahead, and about 25ft in front of us was the most beautiful panther walking the trail before us. AMAZING! However, since Irma flooded the area, I've found most animals have been misplaced and haven't returned just yet. But the over all trail is beautiful. Some areas have been washed out from the flood but still easy to pass through. I always recommend this trail to friends and family. Always remember, take nothing but memories, and leave nothing but footprint.

My now hubby proposed to me on this trail on 4/15/2016. I'm glad I had my hiking boots on, some parts are narrow and a bit challenging. Part of the trail rides along the St.Johns River. In summer some parts could be under water, did it in April it was dry. Wildlife is present, birds, otters, snakes, gators, and towards the end of the trail we saw deer as well. I definitely recommend this trail.

While access from the Magnolia Park is still closed due to hurricane Erma, this trail is accessible using the Lust Road entrance starting at the old pump house. The trail is great for hiking and biking and was in good condition for both.

Start early as this is a great trail to see tons of wildlife. On 2/18/18 we hiked 9 miles total. We hiked 4.5 miles from the pump house to Magnolia Park and back spotting 30 Alligators a water snake and many varieties of birds. Don’t be surprised when some of the gators are basking in the sun right next to the trail.

There are a few shady spots but you will want to bring water, sun screen, and hat for protection from the sun. There are portable restrooms at the pump house but no more facilities until Magnolia Park.

We can’t wait to hike more of this trail North of the pump house on our next adventure.

backpacking
1 month ago

one of my favorite places in Florida along the Florida Trail

The first part of the hike is boring and muddy. The interesting part is when you get into the swamp on the boardwalks. I was toe deep in water and up to ankle deep after 5 days of no rain. I can't imagine it getting much better than that.

I recommend staying on the service road and coming up to the large bald cypress from the back, doing a loop around the boardwalks and the camp grounds and coming back out the way you came in. There's nothing very interesting in the mud track to miss anyway.

On the boardwalk I saw a few large, over 6 foot alligators which made me somewhat nervous and I had to shoo away some water snakes. It's a wild swamp so I wouldn't recommend going in there alone, but definitely worth it.

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