Black Water Cutoff Trail

EASY 24 reviews

Black Water Cutoff Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tarpon Springs, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

washed out

no dogs

Note: As of August 2019, the cutoff trail is CLOSED due to excess flooding and wildfires. You will not be able to do a loop however this trail can be changed into an out and back. Also note that this trail can often become flooded, so check with the preserve page before attempting.

7 months ago

Facilities were great! Staff was very knowledgeable, friendly to all age and knowledge levels, and quick to help! As far as the trails, welcome to old Florida. Sometimes dry, sometimes not, but always cracker style. I've hiked there in sand, and thigh deep water. I saw alot of variety in wildlife and tracks! if you think about the Florida National Scenic Trail, start your training here!

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8 months ago

We hiked this trail about 7 years ago when it was completely dry. It was fascinating to us because of all the tropical vegetation. In retrospect, it is a good trail for exercise. There are no views. It is flat. Someone was smart to call it Black Water Cuttoff because after reading reviews, that happens to this trail: gets cut off by the flooding, so don't be disappointed. There is a beautiful new visitor center at the trail head with very nice volunteers. For what it is, a non-beach hike in flat Florida, this is a fine hike.

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washed out
9 months ago

The trail becomes an impassable swamp in the summer.

9 months ago

love it. has multiple loops for beginners to serious hikers. I always take the full 4 mile walk because I want to explore the beauty hiding in the creek. the trail is always clear. great from November to February. my favorite part is the straight corridor on the southern end of the trail before the pineneedle trail. gorgeous!

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11 months ago

Flooded. Everywhere. Attempted all of the trails. Wilderness was under water about 1/4mi in. Black Water was also impassable. I can only imagine how deep it must be during the summer months. ALL of the restrooms were out of paper. On a positive note... the Nature Center is very nice.

Wed Feb 21 2018

About 50 percent are under water in Feb ( dry month ) and one trail is in total disrepair. Zero trail maintenance since opening. If you're looking for 1.5 mile hike, maybe you can accomplish. To bad this place has not been maintained

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Wed Oct 26 2016

The Wilderness trail was closed. We tried it but it was impassible due to high water. The Black Water Cutoff trail was listed as open but it too was too muddy and wet to use. There were warning signs that said trails may have standing water in rainy season May to October. I guess we were still in the rainy season although the weather was fine. Maybe further in the winter eould work better

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