Bolen Bluff Trail

EASY 24 reviews

Bolen Bluff Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Micanopy, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
39 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

A beautiful hike that takes you from the hardwood forest, through a palm hammock and out onto Paynes Prairie where you may encounter wild horses, alligators, and even bison.

hiking
12 days ago

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14 days ago

22 days ago

It's a short but sweet hike. I recommend the left fork on the way in to stay on the Prairie rim.

hiking
2 months ago

I really wanted to get to the bluff tower before Irma possibly causes flooding. Boy was it still wet. Not sure i really like to wade through water. Saw deer, turtle, horses, alligator, herons, mocking birds and more. Slogging through calf deep water though.. thank goodness for trekking poles. It seemed like the water was deeper on the way back. I don't know hydrology or if that was my imagination. The tower was worth the water wading.

hiking
2 months ago

Yes you will see the ponies pretty neat. Yes you'll see a lot of birds. And if you go down the trail part Marked basin you will see Deepwater. I didn't bring my trecking poles. Almost made it to the end, but chickened out. I'll be back

hiking
3 months ago

Bolen Bluff is amazing! I saw 5 wild horses, bison, deer, wild pigs, rabbits , a hawk, some egrets and a snake. A wild colt walked right up to me! (Please do not feed the wildlife!) Nice one mile loop and an out and back to the observation platform for 2.5 miles. Didn't get to climb the observation platform due to a large wasps nest on bottom step. Oh well, the Bison, horses and deer made up for it. Definitely will return!

hiking
4 months ago

This so far has been our favorite trail this year. Lots of wildlife here! We saw rabbits,deer,snakes,frogs galore, wild horses and yes there are wild bison out in the prairie! The first leg of this journey starts out in the woods and the mosquitos are very thick so bring some good bug spray and spray well. Once you emerge from the woods it's all open land at the end of the trail is a nice watch tower with a lower level that provides shade. Looking out into the prairie you can see a very long distance. Look for the flocks of white birds and you will find the Bison and horses They clean the bugs off them. A good pair of binoculars is a must as there is plenty to see. We will definitely be visiting this place a few times a year.

hiking
9 months ago

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11 months ago

Saw a bald eagle just chillin. Nice easy hike!

trail running
11 months ago

Friday, November 11, 2016

East trail. Saw an eagle, buffalo maybe in the distance, squirrels and lots of birds.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Have always seen wildlife here, including accidentally wandering into the herd of wild horses. Pretty easy trail though hot and humid anytime outside of the winter.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

This was an easy relaxing hike through the woods on the edge of Paynes Prairie and out into the Prairie. We saw wild buffalo that roam the Prairie from the observation tower. Wasps love the observation tower so be careful when using it. The buffalo were quite a ways off but you could see the top of their backs over the Prairie vegetation. We also saw armadillos, lots of deer and a variety of birds.

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

The best wildlife hike I have ever had. I saw a hawk, turtles, amazing variety of birds, three herds of wild horses, small alligator and a bobcat. The hike through the woods was very beautiful. Bushes packed with ripe blackberries were in abundance. A gorgeous morning.

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Great little trail. Was hoping to see some wildlife but overall it was a nice little hike and a peaceful place.

hiking
Saturday, January 09, 2016

A wooded trail brings you into the prairie. Lots of signs of bison, including tons of bison scat and hoofprints. It was very muddy when we went, and the trail through the prairie was really torn up by all the wildlife that travels there. We didn't see any wildlife except for a few hawks and a black snake lounging off the side of the trail. Not a bad outing, but not particularly exciting.

hiking
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nice 3 mile walk through the woods and some of the Prairie out to a wooden 1 story lookout. Can be hot and buggy so put on sunscreen/bug spray if you're sensitive to that. Overall nice hike, took us 1 hour and 20 min at a very leisurely pace.