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Egret Loop via Possum Trot Trail

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Alligator Lake Park

Egret Loop via Possum Trot Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake City, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length3.9 miElevation gain22 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningLakeWildlifeNo dogs
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The park is closed Tuesday. It is open Wednesday-Monday, 8am to 6pm (or 7pm during daylight savings time).

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Tim Carpenter
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HikingBlowdownBridge outBugsOver grown

First, though AllTrails says the trail is closed because of COVID-19, that's not true as of 7/4/20. It's open, but it probably should be closed. I did the James Montgomery Trail right before this and it was enjoyable, but this one proved impossible to complete due to a section 2.6 miles out if you're following the Egret Loop clockwise. (It looks like it's about 1.5 miles out if you're coming from the opposite direction.) Either way, once you reach that point there's nowhere to go except down a steep drop off into a canal that connects two sections of the wetlands. The water was dark and looked like at least knee deep if not more. It may not be the type of water you want to wade through when you see where you are. Maybe it's passable during the dry season, but not in July. And coming clockwise as I did, it was a hack-a-thon for the final half mile I was out there. Grass up to your knees, blow downs, brush encroaching from either side of the narrow berm, vines tangling your ankles, the ubiquitous Florida bugs, and shoulder-high thorns, thorns, thorns! My body was ravaged, only to reach the point where I could see a clear, maintained trail ahead, but impossible to reach without a risky descent and water crossing. I had to turn back but at least it was easier retracing my steps. I can't speak for what it's like coming from the other direction, but if you go clockwise, consider turning back after two miles, which is when you reach the lake. The trail is fine up to that point. You can always connect to the Capybara or Eagle Trail and loop through that section of the park. My suggestions for Columbia County Parks and Rec, who maintain this otherwise nice recreation area: 1.) Close the Egret Loop portion. 2.) Clean it up and build a foot bridge over the canal. 3.) At least post a sign saying the bridge is out.

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Patrick LeClaire
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Hiking

A fun trail with Turkeys, Egrets and yup a gator. I would rate the trail higher except for the airboat crossing that makes it difficult to impassable to get across. We had to turn around.

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Chad Stewart
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HikingBlowdownBridge outOver grown
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Anthony Butirro
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Hiking
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good trail. at some point it becomes over grown and it was horrible

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Anthony Butirro
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Shannon Andrews
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Chad Stewart
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Chad Stewart
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