Bolen Bluff Trail

EASY 27 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.

3.0 miles
32 feet

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running




wild flowers



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.

13 days ago

The trail is very busy on weekends. One walks about 1.9 miles to and from the berm, which was flooded today.

24 days ago

The part of the trail that goes out into the prairie (most of the trail) is under water. Makes this a nice short walk, less than 1 mi.

27 days ago

The trail passes through pretty changes at the edge of the hammock and is a great place to see a big variety of typical North Florida — turtles, deer, palms, pines, squirrels, sand, ants, mosquitoes, mosses, oaks, flowering plants, and vines. Then comes the tower and the view onto Paynes Prairie, which is a totally separate experience, including glimpses of horses. If you have the stamina (not hard at all for adults, but I do remember the heaviness of my two-year-old!), and if the passage is dry enough to let you through, add the walk along the berm onto the prairie to see a unique vista. Bring snacks, water, and bug spray.

2 months ago

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

4 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.

4 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

5 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!

6 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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Saw a bald eagle just chillin. Nice easy hike!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Nice hike and a great view from the lookout.

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