Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews

Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sanford, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
45 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
5 days ago

Loved it!!!

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail! I found it a little challenging with an ankle injury due to most of the trail sloping and covered in stumps and roots, but it was definitely a good workout. There were a few areas where the trail appears to have washed away. Just hug a tree and continue on, because once you're in, the only way out is to finish. Bring lots of water. I would have liked if there were a port-o-let at the trailhead to use prior to starting the trail, especially seeing I drove 2 1/2 hours to get there. The sloping trail on both sides makes it a little difficult to hop off and find a spot to go. I'll def be going back.

13 days ago

17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful mostly-shaded hike with varying terrain and views of the St. John's, a favorite for early morning hikes. There is a primative campsite (reservations required) with a fire circle and a shelter with benches for a rest at the halfway point. The canoe landing may not be accessible when the water level on the river is low.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice shaded loop trail. Some elevation from berms make this a moderately challenging hike. Glimpses of Lake Monroe give it a nice scenic feature.

hiking
24 days ago

Hot and sunny. But great view of scrub palms

walking
29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! Saw multiple deer, beavers, gators, many birds and even a snake. Uneven terrain and roots makes trail live up to its moderate rating. Come prepared to hike, it is a bit of a challenge.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Had a great time hiking. The terrain is diverse and challenging enough that you don't realize you have been hiking for 3 hours. Going again next week.

1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

2 months ago

By far the best part of this trail is to the right for about 2.5-3 miles Best to hike that far and then return without completing the loop. Saw otters, alligators, wild boar in first 1.5 miles. Pay special attention at electrical station near river for otter and boar. Lots of great river sights. After about 3 miles trail is more rugged with less to see, trail narrower with many roots to trip over

2 months ago

Great trail! Bring water.

2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago