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This is an excellent trail in the blackwater state forest. A lot more fun north bound than south bound.

I love the AllTrail App because most trails are not well marked. This trail is very well marked and enjoyable. Thank you to the volunteers for maintaining the trail!

Awesome trail

trail running
5 months ago

great trail ... well kept

Part of the Florida Trail system. I just did this small segment as an out and back. If you are looking for a scenic trail, go south on the Jupiter Creek trail. If you just want to explore a different trail and like trail running, I'd recommend this one. There is absolutely no water on the portion I completed. The southern trail follows the creek, and you would think this one would too, but it veers off to the east instead.

Even though I went on a relatively overcast day, I was still pretty hot. There isn't much tree cover, just sparse pine trees. My poor doggo was dying from the heat, so plenty of water for your four legged friends is a must, especially dousing them when they get too hot.

If you are looking for a trail of endless pine trees, you have found it! I recommend this for an avid hiker looking to put some miles in, or better yet a trail runner that will run through this fairly boring stretch quickly. The ground is relatively flat and well marked, with minimal roots popping out. There was one tree canopy that had fallen over the trail about 0.5 miles out that you have to walk through the vines next to the trail, but besides that it was well kept. Could be a nice trail to park two vehicles and through hike it to Bear Lake.

7 months ago

Hurricane Lake is huge! I have not found a true 'loop' around the lake such as the ones around Karick or Bear lakes nearby, but decided that doing a little out and back to the Blackwater River could be fun. I started at the quiet "North Hurricane Lake" campground, and parked my car at the boat ramp there. Its fairly cheap, I think about $2 per person. I have a yearly pass that is good for any Florida state forest for only $45. If you don't want to support the Florida forest system, you can probably park at the bridge that goes over the Blackwater River along Kennedy Bridge road and hike it backwards.

The trail itself is actually the Florida Trail, so it kind of goes indefinitely south, or to Alabama to the north. I did just 2.5 out and turned around. Honestly I was pretty surprised; it was gorgeous. I mean it is still Florida though. You first hike over the dam of the lake, then it tracks through pine forest that had been burned a year or so ago. There wasn't much underbrush, but instead tall grass filled with various wildflowers. It felt kind of meadow-y. It was very very peaceful, and I didn't see another track on the trail. However, the trail had been mowed fairly recently which made me feel better about spotting any potential slithering creatures.

There are a few little signs along the trail that have fallen into disrepair that were there to mark certain plant species. I did this hike on the first day of fall weather for NW Florida, and can imagine that it was in the middle of summer would be really hot. So, plenty of water for summer, and maybe bug spray even though I didn't encounter and problems with bugs. The trail itself is marked pretty well with blue blazes. Every once in a while there were fallen trees that had at one time marked the trail, so I had to refer to the satellite map to keep me on track. Another note, if you are like me and like to download the maps from this app onto your phone, do so BEFORE you get to the campground. There is zero service for me at the campground (ATT), and occasionally one bar would pop up randomly along the actual trail. Other than that, if you are looking for some solitude, head out here. It was so absolutely peaceful, and the campground itself seemed really nice and quiet if you want to do some camping as well.

Trail is starting to get more vegetation growing on it. The first time I walked this trail 4 months ago it had been recently maintained, and it is amazing to see how fast the native flora is growing back. The pine tree saplings have nearly doubled in size! But it is still passable and navigable for a 5 mile out and back. After which, at Deer Lake road the forest has taken back over the trail and thick low growing vines with vicious thorns claw at your legs.

There are blue blazes on trees to mark the trail once you are past the boring, spiderweb ridden first half mile of pine trees, and you usually have at least one blaze in sight at all times. I have cell service for this entire trail, so if you are not confident in the blazes just whip out your phone with this app and follow my previous tracks in real time. The last poster seems to have just followed the forest service roads and not the actual trail.

Great trail to get away from people and let the pup stretch her legs. No bear or bear sign sighted this time. Just one extremely ambitious armadillo.

If you're looking to see animal tracks this is the place to go. I'm learning more of them as I go. Their previous author is correct there's no parking at the trailhead, and I did just park on the side of the road. But it made me nervous. I like the idea of parking back at Harold's. Really there was so many tracks it was unbelievable in the sand. And you won't see anybody. I thought maybe on the day of the eclipse a few people in there. But then again it was lightning and I did leave a little earlier than I planned. The trails are not well marked as the other author said. I really couldn't figure anything out on my GPS. Next time I'll get the real map which is on sale at Harold's

Long winding trail. Not maintained... Sad

Interesting trail- It's a side trail of the Florida Scenic Trail. I Parked along the road at the trailhead, but if you are looking for some security for your vehicle you should park at the Harold Store across I-10. The first 0.6 miles is through a young pine tree plot that was re-planted just a few years ago. But once you get through that it drops down into the trees and runs along burnt grocery creek. I did not see another human footprint, so it seems this trail is rarely if every traveled. Because it is part of the Florida trail, this trail doesn't ever really end, its just a matter of how far you want to hike out. It eventually drops down to the Yellow river and then runs east/west along that. Because there is little human traffic, I luckily sighted a bear that seems to find this trail home currently. Lots of fresh bear signs including tracks, scat, and tree scrapings. It was a single bear that had no interest in meeting me. If you are feeling adventurous and want to spend the day hiking away from anyone but bears, hit this trail up. Most of the part that I hiked was down in a ravine covered with a thick canopy of hardwoods, so there was plenty of shade after that first 0.6 miles.