Did this section and another farther south over labor day for a 25 mile point-to-point.

Pros: Trail was lovely and well maintained. Literally had the trail to myself on a holiday weekend because it isn't "hiking season" in FL yet. Flat and easy to put in miles.

Cons: It wasn't hiking season for a reason, temps were in the 90's both days and the ticks and chiggers were out in force. Water is pretty available but requires some nerve to wade out to depending on which pond you're at.

backpacking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

This is actually the hidden pond trail, you start at Juniper Springs and pay ten dollars per day for secure parking and you are also allowed to use their showers and facilities when you get back including a dip in the springs. The hike is boring at the start and then in the middle quite beautiful. My kids thought we were in Africa. The last 2/3 of the trail are very exposed so it will be hot. Hidden Pond is spring fed and crystal clear. A great destination. Filter the water and get there early cause it fills up fast on the weekends!

Parked inside Salt Springs campground, hiked South on blue blazed spur trail which joins orange blazed Florida Trail 2.5 miles in, then South on Florida Trail to Hopkins Prairie campground and back. Three and a half days, three nights, 24 miles total. Nice hike for Florida. This part about 40% pine forest, 60% open prairie on edge of slough. Trail is very well marked and wide with only an occasional downed tree to detour. Sloughs were mostly all dried up or water was not reachable between two end points for this time. Cool nights, mix of warm to hot days required minimum of four liters of water. Hike in morning, do not do in summer months unless you are a looking for a scorching. This time, this year, ticks were horrible. Bring plastic to sit on, stay out of long grass and a hammock helps.

hiking
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This place is great. Wildlife everywhere! The Oak Trees are so thick with Spanish Moss...this is a must see. Natural springs everywhere.

camping
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Absolutely a Beautiful place to get away!! I have spent many caming get aways here, actually at Oklowaha Camp. Wonderful for riding 4 whellers, walking, just plain hanging out

You wouldn't believe how many different trails for beginner to intermediate. Lots of wildlife! Camping for everyone . . . from primitive to campgrounds with running water, showers, etc. This is an awesome place!