hiking
23 days ago

We did a great moderate 10 mile hike on this trail with our pup. It was beautiful with a lot of wildlife, trees, and scenery. Most of the pathways are not groomed and you have to make your own trail after a storm or two. One thing I did not like was that people hunt here as well and that makes me nervous to hike during hunting season!

hiking
2 months ago

It was okay, a little hard to follow the route from the app if you don't pay attention to your phone. Your basically using different trails and almost doing a figure 8. Half of the trail is wide open with no shade and small sections of sugar sand. The other half made up for it with lots of shade and trees. I probably wouldn't do this one regularly and might try another one in the area instead.

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyed a cooler day of Florida “winter” on this hike. Trails were great, only saw a couple of birds. It was still a great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Bear pond. I made it to iron Bridge. You have to walk a good half mile on a wide dirt road and it’s easy to Miss orange signs so use the AllTrails GPS. Be sure to bring a hat. Repeat be sure to bring a hat. There’s a lot of wide open areas, but it’s very very very peaceful

Quiet hike through the Lower Wekiva Loop at the Seminole State Forest. Trail was well marked. Pockets of shade and lots of open spaces so be careful when sunny and humid. Some some stretches of sugar sand. Overall a peaceful hike. Did not encounter much wildlife.

Hiked a section of this today while completing The Lower Wekiva Loop. The part I competed was well marked, Sandy (but not too bad), and mostly out in the open in the scrub. There was a nice shelter with benches and a fire ring close to the Bear Pond Trailhead. Didn't see much wildlife, but like most of the Florida Trail.... the surrounding beauty was enough.

I'm working on the Florida State Forest Trailwalker Program. If you want to follow my progress and read descriptions of the trails I complete, visit my blog at www.floridatrailblazing.com. Stay safe and Happy Hiking!

hiking
7 months ago

Post Irma. Trail is wonderful. No mosquitoes either. Trail is well marked with orange paint on trees. How ever get 3 miles going north I did miss the trail. It does not go straight past the service road and Veres to the right. I tried to make it to black Creek, but came to something I call confusion corner. It was not obvious to me where the Florida Trail went. There were white markings blue markings even a red reflector on the service road. I may have been very close, but I decided to turn around. Since I was going to turn around at I creek anyway. I did startle a large turkey, saw several hawks, and a bunch of Cardinals. And 1 million butter flies

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful walk

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Great scenery and isolation for a half day hike.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

awesome!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Won't hike this trail again. No shade. Lots of sugar sand. I didn't care for how this trail is marked. At one point you come to a fork with no directional sign. Marked with a combination of blazes and letters sometimes the blazed which are red are on the backside of the post. At letter J you get to hike down a very over grown path. Due to my aversion of rattlesnake venom I decided to turn back at this point.

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

It wasn't a bad trail. Not much to see though. We took the blue trail to Katie's Landing, and couldn't find where the trail continued. We walked all around the area, but couldn't find the next trailhead. Maybe we aren't great explorers, but we tried. Oh well. Probably won't visit here again.

Friday, January 01, 2016

This Trail was very nice, Went There For Orienteering and got a great workout 8 miles total. Trails are a combination of sand, pavement and brush. Will recommend. Our day was gorgeous!!

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

This section of the Florida Trail snakes through Seminole State Forest west of the Wekiva River and gives you a view of a pristine piece of Central Florida wilderness. The land is covered by pine flatwoods and scrub, with scattered natural springs feeding meandering creeks and streams, some wide enough for a kayak.

hiking
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We hiked the Florida Trail segment that runs through Seminole SF as a there-and-back day hike (around 15.2 miles, from Cassia to Bear Pond and back). Despite its length, this was a very pleasant and relaxing hike through a nice mix of habitat types--primarily pine flatwoods, with one long stretch through palmetto scrub and brief traipses through hardwood hammocks and past lakes, marshes and creeks. There's a good map at OutInTheBoonies.com (http://www.outintheboonies.com/Seminole_Forest/topo_map.jpg) and a good trail description at FloridaHikes.com (http://floridahikes.com/florida-trail-seminole-state-forest). The trail is mostly well-blazed and easy to follow, with a couple turns in the northern half that are easy to overshoot as the path briefly merges onto old forest roads then veers off again--not a big deal, just backtrack a bit if you haven't seen a blaze recently. The section through palmetto scrub is completely exposed, so be sure to take plenty of water if it's a hot sunny day, or a raincoat if it's drizzly (on the bright side, you'll almost certainly see several scrub jays out there). Blackwater Creek, about midway between the two trailheads, makes a lovely picnic spot; the Boy Scout shelter (near the Bear Pond end), would be a decent stop too--nothing much to look at, but it does offer protection from the elements and a comfortable place to sit.

hiking
Monday, October 13, 2014

Well if you like hiking in sand this ones for you.. Hot hot.. Hardly any tree cover.. Plus you hike near the sewer plant the smell is horrible.. The little park which charges walkers 2 dollars to enter is very nice.. It's across the road from the trail.. River is beautiful.. Nice place to chill.. All in all.. Wouldn't recommend nor will we return to this trail..

hiking
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I led a small group hike beginning at the Cassia trail head last Saturday (8/21). The trails were in good shape and other than crossing the path of a few horseback riders we had the trail to ourselves. August really is NOT the time for serious hiking in Florida: I sweated through two tees on the trail. We did approx. 6.3 miles. No wildlife due to our later start and the opressive humidity. I would recommend this trail without amy reservations. The habitat is typical Florida scrub pine and oak eith a sampling of grass prairie. If you go be sure to pick up the literature on the Florida Trailwalkers program managed by the state's Division of Forestry.

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