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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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
Great trail! Bring water.
Excellent trail! Beautiful sights. Multiple types of terrain.
I think this place is an amazing 7+ mile hike through natural Florida. A variety of different things to see and a nice challenge. Almost a guarantee to see some wildlife and to work up a sweat.
Saw a black bear! The trail lived up to its name. My buddy and I were hiking and taking wildlife photos/videos on 3/1/2017, we spotted the bear around 2:00pm a long a dirt road and power lines. The trail comes to an opening with grass on one side and a chain link fence with razor wire on the other(random). I believe it was between mile marker 5 and 6 (only 2 miles in if you walk the loop backwards). Of course the bear vanished into the tall grass and woods before we could set our gear up. We think it was after the abundance of orange trees that are right in the area.
He was right to the left of mile 6 in the opening.
Use this map: http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/core/fileparse.php/34/urlt/2015-BBWA-Trail-Guide.pdf
Loved it! Might be my favorite so far.
Definitely a moderate 7.1 mile hike but, we hopped off the trail a couple of times. Heard a bear cub moan, saw a lot of signs of bears and boars and saw deer in a grass patch that is inaccessible, no snakes.
The trail is ridden with roots and mud that gets pretty slippery at times and changes quite a bit. There is a camp area half way in. It is well marked and is pretty scenic at times.
All-in-all, we enjoyed it and will do it again!
This is one of my favorites to return to. It's a beautiful trail to hike and never disappoints.