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Buck Lake Red Trail from West Trailhead is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mims, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.0 mi Elevation gain 29 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Paddle sports

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

No dogs

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Getting There

The Buck Lake tract consists of natural woodlands and wetlands that have been used historically for pine and hardwood timber production and cattle ranching. North Buck Lake Scrub Sanctuary includes 181 acres of woodlands and wetlands adjacent to the 9,000 acres Buck Lake Conservation Area managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District. Along the trails, visitors can observe the variety of protected natural communities that support many species of plant and animal.

Parking areas can be accessed from SR 46

Bureau of Land Management (386) 329-4404 North Management Region Land Manager: Xavier de Seguin des Hons 4077 Cinnamon Teal Dr. Mims, FL 32754 Phone: 321-264-5185 Websites: http://floridaswater.com/recreationguide/bucklake/ http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/cooperative/buck-lake http://www.brevardcounty.us/EELProgram/Areas/BuckLake/Home

From the Center of Mims, FL 1. Head south toward FL-46 W/Rte 46 W/State 46 W/State Rte 46 W/W Main St0.4 mi 2. Turn left onto FL-46 E/Rte 46 E/State 46 E/State Rte 46 E/W Main St4.8 mi 3. Turn left onto U.S. 1 N4.8 mi 4. Turn left onto Aurantia Rd1.4 mi 5. Sharp right to stay on Aurantia Rd0.4 mi 6. Turn left onto Meadow Green Rd0.8 mi 7. Meadow Green Rd turns slightly right and becomes Harrison Rd0.4 mi 8. Turn left onto Hog Valley Rd0.7 mi 9. Take the 2nd left onto Hidden Lakes Dr341 ft 10. Take the 1st right onto Cinnamon Teal Dr0.3 mi

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Tim Carpenter
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Hiking

Of the two long trails at Buck Lake WMA, I feel like this is the better one. It overlaps with the White Trail a few miles out, and though it starts with a rocky road for about a mile, it's not as bad as the hardpacked white dirt road on the White Trail that's even longer. It eventually turns into a wide mostly grassy path. There's a spur out to an observation tower at the lake about 0.6 miles out that's worth the stop. Otherwise it's mostly pine forest the rest of the way and there's very little shade. In early April it was already about 90 degrees with a lot of bugs. I saw a couple of deer, a bobcat and two armadillos and only three humans, one of them on horseback, on a Saturday morning. It's a very quiet area.

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Carla Zeller
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Hiking

The lake with observation tower is very pretty. I would like to do the whole loop in the winter as I had to turn around because of heat and most of the trail is in the sun. The trail was pretty and easy for walking, and made me want to keep going.

Amy Deese
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Walking

Nice to do if you live nearby or are in the area!

Bethany Buffington
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Mountain biking

The observation tower was breathtaking! The trail itself was mainly pinewood flats without much variation. A nice smooth ride for a nature trail. Good for just cruising. Better to go in the cooler months to avoid bugs, and heat. Hardly any shade on the trail. I didn’t do the full loop like I had intended due to hunting season and a bit of unpreparedness. I will definitely return with a friend next time! Being a SWF doesn’t scare the bears or the drunk rednecks out there!

Morisa Whitman
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Hiking

We did the red trail. Saw a couple deer, wild turkey. Lake is pretty.

Lori Smith
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Hiking
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Malik Rahman
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Hiking
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