This is a different hike than most of the ones in North-Central Florida. Water is still up in some areas so you get to do some of your own navigation to get around flooded areas. Terrain changes are great.

Great hike. Quite a few spots were water logged and a bit of slogging but still beautiful. Completed 7.44 miles. Can’t wait to go again.

on Orange Creek South Tract

5 months ago

Well maintained trail by the SJWMD. No other hikers but a few horses on the trail. Saw quite a few deer and birds. Only made it a third of the way on the yellow trail due to flooding. A decent loop trail.

I lost service a couple times and my phone died, so it didn’t record my complete hike — I did the entire 7ish mile loop. Beautiful well-marked trail. Started off white, then transitioned to red and yellow. The small loop was 1/3 under water, sometimes up to my knees .. probably should’ve skipped it. Will definitely be going back, hopefully when it’s not flooded!

11 months ago

Quiet and untraveled trail. As Bryan stated earlier, not anyone else was on the trail all day. The northeastern part (yellow blaze) was a little muddy and overgrown. But, otherwise, well maintained.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Three separate loop trails combine to form one grand loop of about seven miles. The area is flat, but trails seem maintained by running a tractor with a till over them, which digs up soft sand and makes hiking challenging and biking impossible in some areas. You will find dirt road biking in the same conservation area however, and horseback riding is also encouraged. Trail use was very light during my visits. A great stop if traveling FL-301 near Citra, outside of Ocala.

horseback riding
Thursday, July 14, 2016