Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Little Big Econ State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

Enjoyed this trail along the river very much. In shade almost the entire way. The bridges were all intact and in fair condition. We did see alligators when crossing the big bridge over the river. It was a busy day on the trail since it was the first cool day of the season. Saw quite a few other people that were quite friendly and the trail is wide enough to allow comfortable passing. There are no facilities at the trail head and a small $2 fee. Pay on the honor system at the yellow box at the trail head. Do bring bug spray!

Big Gator Day. !!! Maybe they were just showing off for the Sunday crowds. Saw three bathing beauty lizards. One in the water and two doing the beach thing. See the pics. Haven’t done this loop in about 9 months. The white side was still a touch muddy but no bugs this time of year The Orange side was excellent especially north of the Flagler where a new footbridge has been added and a stream brought under control.

Flagler trail was great as always. The hogs are definitely tearing up the Florida Trail between Flagler and Barr Trail Head. Be careful of your footing.

Great hike with lots of shade. My favorite parts are along the river. Saw some birds and a wild pig. Other hikers mentioned seeing deer, but we weren’t that lucky. Will be back.

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great ride. Always enjoy it here. Little muddy along river routes. Was really crowded when I was leaving. Got there early and by 10 was large groups with trailers coming in. Thankfully I’m local

hiking
muddy
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

Very secluded, lightly trafficked trail. I've been out there twice and there has only been one other car in the small dirt parking lot area. It is kind of unclear on how to get to the actual trail. You have to walk down the dirt "road" until you reach three gates, two of them with "No Trespassing" signs, and the other is unmarked and has a chain that you remove to enter through. You walk for a ways until you reach a fork with two different paths, one of them has a sign for horseback. If you go down this path you will eventually see a sign marked for the hiking trail. Unfortunately I didn't make it very far down any of these paths due to them being flooded out. I made it around several of the washed out areas but eventually there was no possible way around the water. We have had lots of rain this past week so I am not surprised. I will try again when it is dry. The trails are also pretty overgrown and not marked very well. The scenery is beautiful and there is lots of wildlife. I also like that there aren't any people out there. I will definitely be exploring this trail more when we have a long period of dry weather.

I went October 6th ( a particularly dry part of the year) and approximately 1/3 of the trail was under water. The area where the Econ connects with the St Johns was up to knee deep (I am 5’11” for reference) and the trail was not visible. It could be the water was high or it could be the airboat trails have wiped out the trail. Additionally, the airboat activity does diminish the amount of wildlife you will see at the river. I did see: deer, pigs, black racer, Pygmy rattlesnake, bald eagle, red shoulder hawk, carra-carra, ibis and heard turkeys but none of them at the rivers. Not sure how this gets an “easy” rating unless it is high and dry as at least 2 miles of the 10 miles was slogging through mud

My husband and our 16 year old daughter and 3 of our dogs visited this trail. It was very nice. Very quiet. Not a single other soul was there and it was super hot outside! Mostly sand/gravel trail so wear good shoes! And I always wear my hat hiking! Never know what’s gonna fall on your head! Lol! We will definitely visit this trail again. When it gets cooler!

My 16 year old daughter and two of our dogs visited this trail today. It really gave us the feel for forest life although the only wildlife we saw were lizards and grasshoppers! There are a lot of uprooted trees which make for great photography opportunities! Watch your steps as a lot of the trail is uplifted tree roots! I tripped a couple times! Lots of shade while in forest with open fields that were hot with the sun! Wear big spray! And bring water for yourselves and your dogs! It’s a beautiful place and I know we will visit again!

mountain biking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

I like this trail because it has some distance, and there’s so many varying runs within the trail. Some flood easily, and the ticks are excessive at times. Overall a good trail.

I would recommend this trail. Lots of various terrain. Lots of shade. I’m definitely coming back!

One of my favorites in SSF. The double loop provides plenty of river views and occasional wildlife sightings Finally dried out so the bridges are crossable and the muck is pretty much gone

Took the two bridges trail at dawn, it’s about 7 miles total. I saw about 10 dear along the way, some pretty large. Watch for the bikers, I almost got nailed on a blind turn.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice trail that runs along the river. Some of the wooden bridges are a bit dilapidated though so watch out. Lots of shade

hiking
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Good trail need more directions, lots of birds

hiking
3 months ago

Felt good to get out after a hiatus due to winter skiing and a broken ankle. The best news was seeing the bridges completed. Looking forward to some great loops as the rainy season dissipates

Very enjoyable hike along the Little Econ River, much of which is fully or mostly shaded. Alligators, turtles, water birds all easy to spot.

Do NOT go to this trail during the summer, it will be extremely overgrown, water will likely be covering the majority of the trail, and the cows might be very close to the trail so that they can find shade and they will block you from continuing along the trail. When I took a trip in the Winter, however, it was beautiful and I didn’t run into any of these problems.

hiking
4 months ago

the bridge was flooded.

One of my favorite trails. The canopy of trees are awesome and the trail going next by the river is beautiful. If you make it to the pavilion you go through cow pastures on the way back. It’s marked but you have to look very careful because you can tell the horse trail doesn’t get used often. I can’t wait to do it in the winter as we did it in the heat of summer.

Nice trail but why does it start at mile marker 4? And it would be nice if there was more info on the side trails

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