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Cone's Dike is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Micanopy, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 72 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Reviews (44)
Photos (107)
Recordings (39)
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Teresa O’Hanlon
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We didn’t have time for the full hike, but heard from other hikers that it gets better with every mile. During summer, keep a watch for nesting gators. Keep to the trail. We saw a herd of wild Spanish horses. We loved seeing the prairie and only wish we had time to go the full 5 miles.

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Dennis Carter
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Hiking

Saw wild horses and deer on the first section of trail. Last two miles are extremely overgrown. My wife and I almost made it to the end of the trail until I stepped within three feet of a 12 ft. gator laying in the high grass just off the trail. We decided to turn around at that point. Temperature was in the low 90’s with heat index of 1,000,000. This was a “one and done” hike. Scenery is nice in the first two miles but overgrowth is not worth the latter section of trail.

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Duane Helle
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Hiking

We saw a lot wildlife on this hike. Ther were a lot of Ibis, of course , but also a huge Egret,and a Blue Heron. We also saw a family of Florida Sand Hill cranes, along with five deer including a fawn. The trail has not been maintained after all the water so we turned around when it really closed in. The prairie is also good habitat for rattle snakes and moccasins, so I kinda like to be able to see either side of me. Nice hike though,best early morning now because it is exposed prairie and it is Florida in July.

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Jason Boole
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Hiking

After the first corner there is a spot with water on both sides of the trail. We saw one mother and 5 baby alligators.

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Kathryn Marks
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this hike. While I was disappointed to not see the bison or horse herds, that's what happens when you are on a 30K+ acre preserve. :) I will say that the bend in the trail at the 2ish mile mark was very unclear. I actually ended up going completely off trail for a good 10 minutes before I realized it was probably not the trail. When I retraced my steps I realized that yes there was a path, but whether due to animal migration or truck/vehicle traffic, the path I had accidentally wandered onto was much more clearly marked than the actual trail. Saw a gator, several bird species, and a really nice diversity of landscape. Will definitely come back in hopes of seeing the bison herd next time and checking out all the other trails in this park.

Darren Smith
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HikingMuddy

Hiked the Cone's Dyke Trail yesterday with my wife and daughter. Only about 1.5 miles of the trail are hikable before it is flooded. The most interesting part of the trail appears to be near or beyond the 1.5 mile mark. We saw large flocks of sandhill cranes in the shallow water marsh in the area just at the end of where we were able to hike. Also saw some wild horses in the distance. The hikable portion of the trail is nothing out of the ordinary. Hoping the water recedes at some point soon. According to the park ranger, this flooding is a remnant of a very wet summer in 2017 followed by 13-18 inches of rain dumped by Hurricane Irma during the same year.

Eddie Bruce
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Jimmy Fortuna
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Yep, still flooded out – just when it looked like it was starting to get good!

Timothy Hartung
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HikingMuddyNo shadeWashed out

The tail is blocked by standing water like 1/3 though so you don’t get to see the whole thing. We did not see any bison or wild horses on the trail

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J S
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail into the prairie. The problem is that about 1.5 miles into the trail, it was muddy and flooded, so I turned around. Later in the year, the out and back would easily be a 5/5. It can be pretty hot during the day as shade cover is a bit spotty in parts.

Tanya Clayton
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Hiking

Wonderful trail but flooded. I’d do this one again, though. It was more wild feeling than the crowded Sweetwater Preserve, located nearby. We heard alligators calling and I am guessing there are some big gators out there! This is a nice hike on a really well maintained trail. There are a few Florida-style hills on the way out there. Most of the way out is nice and shady. We took the Chacala trail to Jackson’s Gap to get to Cone’s Dike, even though it’s possible to drive to the Visitor’s Center and take a short walk to it (if it’s tough for you to walk or you are short on time this may be the option for you). The long way out treats you to beautiful shady hiking through some densely forested and subtropical terrain. The dike is sunny and more exposed. We couldn’t go very far out on account of the flooding. Dog owners: I’d keep my dog on a leash for sure on account of the gators and snakes. Kudos to whoever is keeping the trails so clean.

Ralph Grizzle
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Mountain biking

Beautiful but impassably flooded about 1 mile in.

E S
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Hiking

Darn. Rain cut it short. Did see deer and pigs. Love it

Devron Lee
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Mostly flat trail through Florida savanna and some wooded areas. It's an easy hike. The only challenges are the merciless sun and heat. There can be a lot of wildlife depending on the time of day and time of year, though some days there were mostly just circling vultures and cicadas.

Chris Carpenter
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would love to go on the trail, drove an hour to get there and the gate was locked with no trespassing signs. waste of time

Klara Klimesova
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First to Review

Perfect trail for wildlife watching. Wild horses, bisons, gators, birds, snakes...

Christopher Mead
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Emily Daniel
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Bri Berg
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Kim Büchle
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Bryan Lindenberger
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Katie Boole
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Kenny Chang
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Becky Adams
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Sam Williams
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