Kilbee Tract Hike to the Econ River is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Geneva, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.7 miElevation gain19 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeOff trailNo shade
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This trail takes you from Route 46 south to a fence. If you cross the fence, you end up on the flood plain for the St Johns and Econ Rivers. There is no trail here, but the area can be explored for wildflowers and wildlife. It's highly recommended that you wear wading boots, especially during the wet season.

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Rob Parmelee
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Tim Carpenter
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HikingMuddyNo shade

I would only call this a "trail" in the loosest sense. That's not to say it wasn't enjoyable at times and it was challenging at points too, but probably not one I would do again. First, you'll need to walk more than a mile down a dirt ranch road to reach a point where things get interesting and you may have to share this with cows. (There were none out the day I was there but plenty of paddies.) When you pass through the second gate, you can either turn left or continue ahead, but left is the more difficult direction and would be virtually impossible during the rainy season. Even in late January it was wet with high grass in many spots, and in others wet with rough terrain where it's easy to roll an ankle or slip in a hole. Since this a flood plain, I imagine you'll be in several inches of water if you try this in the summer, but I'd wear water-proof shoes anytime out there. There really isn't a trail to follow once you leave the road. It's more or less finding the path of least resistance. It does take a while to reach the river but once you're out there it's a nice place to be. I pretty much followed the river until I was directly across from an observation platform on the other side and then followed the tree line back to the start. After that, the "trail" got a little smoother. I can't say this enough though: it's a rough walk in a lot of places and there were times I was on so much matted grass I wasn't sure how much solid ground was under me. All of this said, it would be a great place for bird watchers or a place to get some real solitude. But there is absolutely no shade so be prepared. I did this in late January on a Friday afternoon at about 72 degrees with partly cloudy skies and a nice breeze. Never broke a sweat but in the summer it would probably be unbearable. If you're looking for a challenge though... One more thing, the route I followed was about 6.9 miles, not 7.7 this is listed as, nor the 5.8 on my recording. AllTrails cut out on me with a little over a mile to go on the return trip down the dirt road.

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Travis Sellers
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Decent, but barren. Takes a good bit to actually get to the water. Track is a bit misleading. If you do hike this, be sure to wear stuff you don’t mind getting wet preferably waterproof shoes/boots.

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Eric Theisen
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HikingMuddyNo shade

I was surprised this was rated so high. If you like a cow patty smell laden walk with little shade I guess it is good. It was not as good as other trails I have been on. Really it is just pasture roads.

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Lucas Harris
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shadeOver grown

Beautiful but it’s mostly a cattle trail with limited signage

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Scott Simmons
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I was overwhelmed by mosquitoes. I'll try again after a couple days of colder weather.

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Scott Simmons
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This is a wonderful hike from the trail head on rte 46 to the Econ River near its confluence with the St. Johns. You can't get to the St. Johns here, but you can roam the flood plain for wildlife and wildflowers. There are a couple old native american mounds that can be seen here as well. Hunting is permitted on the property and there are other roads/trails that can be explored.

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Scott Simmons
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Scott Simmons
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Scott Simmons
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