Buck Lake White Trail from East Trailhead

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Buck Lake Conservation Area

Buck Lake White Trail from East Trailhead is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mims, Florida that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

no shade

no dogs

Please note: this area may flood after heavy rains. 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.

First, if you're following directions to the East Trailhead, use Google Maps, not the "Getting There" section for this trail on AllTrails. I don't know where that takes you, but it's not the entrance, which is about a mile west of I-95 on SR-46. Second, the route shown on AllTrails, as of 3/28/20, is not correct for the White Trail, which you'll probably notice if you look at the map on the board at the trailhead, or an online version of it. I followed the white blazes all the way and it only overlapped with the AllTrails version by about 40%. (AllTrails has since been updated so it now reflects the correct route.) If you try following what's in the app, you'll be bushwacking in some spots, in the middle of a lake somewhere else, and off the White Trail completely in others. There are several crisscrossing little roads out here but the White Trail is clearly marked with blazes on utility poles, trees and stakes. So instead of 9.3 miles like the app version says, it's really 8.3. All of that out of the way, as some others have pointed out, it's hot with almost no shade. I did this in late March during the Corona Crisis and didn't see another soul out while I was out there. Most of the loop section is okay, but just to get to that section you have to hike down a hard-packed dirt road for 1.4 miles and then take the same road back to the parking area. That accounts for about 1/3 of this trail. There's another stretch of about 0.75 miles that's a thick sandy road, and that wasn't fun either. The further out you go, the better it gets, but I can see where this can get very wet in the rainy season/summer. There were a couple of serious "water hazards" even in late March after almost 3 weeks with no rain, so be prepared. This area is also used for hunting, so you may want to check the Florida Fish and Wildlife website to see what's going on out there. All in all, this is one I probably won't do again. Almost 4 miles of dirt or sand roads around power lines gave me something to do on a day off but wasn't exciting enough to go back.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Decent walking trail. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a good hat, because there is very little/no cover for the whole trail.

hiking
flooded
no shade
3 months ago

I'll have to update this at a later point due to the trail being flooded at one point . The trail up to the flooded section was nice, but be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. There are very few sections that have any cover, so be prepared. We stopped by a campsite which had a pump, but it needed to be primed. Again, I'll need to update this review once it dries out.

hiking
Thu Jan 14 2016

Note: you cannot take pets into any of the Brevard Sanctuaries, including this one.

hiking
Tue Aug 17 2010

Very enjoyable system of trails, primarily through wooded areas. Bring bug spray!! We had to ditch our first attempt there after a mile due to the ravenous hordes of mosquitos. Better in drier weather. Easy trails, easy to find and follow. A good afternoon of casual hiking.

hiking
Thu Jul 05 2018

Fri Oct 16 2015