Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

It's a great trail. Maintained and marked. it's a loop that breaks up into 2 different loops. They both return you back to camp. You can camp out if desired. Great scenery and not heavily trafficked.

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:


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.

2 months ago

one of my favorite places in Florida along the Florida Trail

Nice stroll through the little big Econ, great wildlife, not a busy trail. Had fun

3 months ago

Great for trail running! Challenging for experienced trail runners, but fun!

A beautiful day on the trail.

Great hike

When on a 10 miles hike through an area of the park. Some sections were close due to flood damaged. Bring drinking water since none is available. I went with a group of scouts from Troop 43 in Tavares who are working in their Hiking Merit Badge. Watch for bicyclists since you’re sharing the trails with them. That section of the park has three parking areas but the only on for free is the hikers one. The courtesy parking fee is $2.00 to be use in the maintenance of the trails. There is a coed bathroom in the bicycle parking area.

Great trail with lots to see! Went with my friend and encountered a few gators sunbathing, a snake under one of the small bridges, turtles and people on horseback! We were very pleased with how beautiful the scenery was. Definitely want to plan a trip back again soon! Love how the map shows you exactly where you are too. Next time we will record our route! Didn't even know that was an option

6 months ago

Didn't make it all the way to the landing strip as much of the trail adjacent to the river was flooded from Hurricane Irma, but definitely going back when the water level recedes a bit. Very easy to navigate, and saw some deer at night while heading back.

Always a pleasure to hike my home trail

Nice shaded trail. Did some fly fishing along the way

Love this trail. Lots of great scenery and it changes frequently. I wouldn't recommend it for kids because of some erosion of the trail near the river. it's quite a long drop. Gators, snakes and a paw paw tree spotted on our hike.

Hands down my favorite trail in Central Florida. Both entrances make for unique hikes. Lots of wildlife and really great views. Great hike for 2-10 miles.

This is a great long trail! You can easily break it up into smaller sections if you don't want to do the full 9.6 miles. As of 7/29, there was no water covering any of the bridges. I would suggest wearing long pants because the trail does go through some sections of tall grass- so make sure to bring plenty of big spray! The trail was easy to follow, well maintained, and moderately used. On a Saturday afternoon we only ran into a few small groups!

The Flagler Bridge under 3 feet of water forced me to detour up an interesting and untraveled spur of the FT to check out alternatives. Glad I did as I found a riverside trail -also flooded- that I will come back to do. The Little Big SF always seems to provide a fun outing

Decent trails with good distance. A lot of area with no shade, so it can get very hot. Could use some better trails markers. All in all - good place for a hike.

This is my go-to spot in Central Florida for hiking. I always meet friendly faces on the trail. So beautiful!!

Awesome! Lots of little off trails. Technical and challenging! Quite a few nice surprises mixed in!

went for a hike at dawn and was lucky enough to see a huge Gator relaxing on the bank of the river!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I love this trail. There's different ways you can take to make it feel different every time. I especially like how there are part of the trail that go right along the river, can usually see alligators!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Pretty straightforward. The end had a nice little beach with a cute bridge, just wish the trail had a few more sights along the way.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Loved it! Very dog friendly! Will be going back to check out more of the trails soon!

mountain biking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Absolutely incredible trails and scenery. After my first trip there earlier today all I can think about is going back. Well marked trails and surprisingly friendly people made it easy to navigate from the Jones trailhead to numerous exciting but not too challenging trails. It looked like there were also opportunities for kayaking and other activities. Overall that's about as good as it gets so don't pass this place up!

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

If you're mountain biking, Snow Hill is the place to go. Mtn biking is not allowed on the other hiking trails in Little Big Econ forest. Snow Hill = Jones East Tail Head. From this trailhead you can access at least 6 legs of mtn bike trails with varying skill levels: Two Bridges, Ditch of Doom, Outback Loop, River Trail, Snake Trail, Yahoo. (See photos where I posted the trail map.) Very fun, pretty scenery that takes you through swamp, marsh, river, creek, forest, and palmettos. I wore myself out playing on this trail, good for solo and group rides.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I did a night hike with my dog and it was great! This is my default trail since it's close and seems to be the best trail I've found so far. By far the best trail around. It is clearly marked so it's hard to get lost, even in the dark! There are several options to take different trails along the way and signs that let you know the mileage and the way to go if you want to pick up another trail. Hike on!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hidden treasure near Orlando!! Pristine, great hike. Giant cypress and oak trees, sandy river banks. Quiet place. Dog enjoyed it too!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

I have gone to this spot numerous times and have seen an alligator almost every time. Last Sunday I went expecting to see the usual alligator but I was quite surprised to see a group of about ten manatees!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

One of my favorite trails. I frequently see alligators out here. I've heard wild pigs, but never seen any. You can also see an eagle's nest from one of the camp sites. It's mostly shaded and the trail is easy to follow.

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