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Little Big River, Digbat, Ditch of Doom and Flagler Trail [CLOSED]

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Little Big Econ State Forest

Little Big River, Digbat, Ditch of Doom and Flagler Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Geneva, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 154 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. From December 9 until further notice, the Barr Street trailhead and West Camp will be closed for maintenance and improvements. Little Big Econ State Forest's name comes from combining the names of the Little Econlockhatchee River and the larger Econlockhatchee River which flow through the property. The forest's most notable feature is the narrow, winding Econlockhatchee River which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Water (OFW) and singled out for preservation. The area that makes up and surrounds Little Big Econ State Forest supports a wide variety of wildlife and provides a roaming corridor which connects the southern part of the Econ Basin to the Tosohatchee State Preserve and other public lands along the St. Johns River for approximately 100 miles. The numerous species of wildlife found in this corridor include: gray fox, river otter, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobcat, resident and migratory waterfowl, wood storks, wading birds, shorebirds and numerous upland species. Other common sightings include: sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, ospreys, and hawks. Little Big Econ State Forest is historically significant since it contains the first means of crossing the Econlockhatchee River. The Old SR 13 railway and trestle was part of the Flagler Railroad System in the early 1900's and today is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and is used by hikers to cross the Econlockhatchee River. Little Big Econ State Forest has an abundance of recreation opportunities. Canoeing along the Econ is a favorite pastime with many visitors, improved canoe launch areas have been established along the river. Three trailhead parking areas have been established for hiking, horseback and mountain bike riding, with 1 hiking trail (Kolokee) in the Florida Division of Forestry's Trailwalker and Trailtrotter Programs. . Other activities include fishing, bird-watching, picnicking and nature study. Primitive camping for canoeists is available with a special-use permit which can be obtained from the Little Big Econ State Forest office. The forest is managed as a Wildlife Management Area in cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fishing is permitted in all waterways of the forest unless otherwise posted. Hunting is permitted on the Kilbee Tract only. Non-hunting recreationists are encouraged to check the Wildlife Management Area regulations and season dates before visiting the Kilbee Tract. Visit MyFWC.com/Recreation for information. In keeping with its mission to protect and manage Florida's forest resources, the Division of Forestry has developed rules which apply to all State Forest visitors.

hiking
fee
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Love this trial, it offers a bunch of trails to explore and a lot of great spots to hammock and have a relaxing day. Very clean and very easy to follow. This is by far my favorite trail in Orlando so far.

Trail was great and a little challenging. A lot of overlap with bike trails so listen/watch out for bikers. I’d recommend using the tracking on the app if you’re unfamiliar with the paths due to lots of splits and not much signage. Wasn’t able to see much wildlife but saw a big gator and some beautiful birds.

Nice trail for running. Ran 17 miles on the trails - all sorts of possible distances. Perfect trails for running.

hiking
3 months ago

Still one of our favorite hikes. Easy and beautiful views. Love this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Flagler trail was great as always. The hogs are definitely tearing up the Florida Trail between Flagler and Barr Trail Head. Be careful of your footing.

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
7 months ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great ride. Always enjoy it here. Little muddy along river routes. Was really crowded when I was leaving. Got there early and by 10 was large groups with trailers coming in. Thankfully I’m local

hiking
7 months ago

My 16 year old daughter and two of our dogs visited this trail today. It really gave us the feel for forest life although the only wildlife we saw were lizards and grasshoppers! There are a lot of uprooted trees which make for great photography opportunities! Watch your steps as a lot of the trail is uplifted tree roots! I tripped a couple times! Lots of shade while in forest with open fields that were hot with the sun! Wear big spray! And bring water for yourselves and your dogs! It’s a beautiful place and I know we will visit again!

One of my favorites in SSF. The double loop provides plenty of river views and occasional wildlife sightings Finally dried out so the bridges are crossable and the muck is pretty much gone

11 months ago

Lots of shade and can be as challenging of a hike as you want it to be. The mosquitoes can be aggressive.

hiking
Tue May 07 2019

We had a great hike, it was our first time here. The trails are well marked and thankfully they're well-shaded because it was in the nineties. Lots of wildlife to see and the trail is quiet and beautiful. Plenty of spots for us to stop and let our dog cool off in the river. Bring polarized glasses to see all the huge gars and other fish in the river. We saw a huge gator, an owl, turtles, cranes and various other birds. We'll be back for sure.

running
bridge out
Sat Apr 13 2019

hiking
bridge out
muddy
off trail
Sat Apr 13 2019

hiking
Tue Mar 12 2019

I’ve done this trail many times, and I strongly recommend it. It’s a beautiful hike with lots of wildflowers, birds, raptors, deer, alligators, boats, etc. You won’t be disappointed - trust me.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
Fri Mar 08 2019

Diverse terrain, from soft sand and beaches with alligators to pine wood forests set in silence. Trail is pretty immersive, makes you feel like your deep in the jungle. Good distance too, i did a quick 5 mile trek and very eager to go back

hiking
Sat Feb 23 2019

Got off track right away so please follow your map on this app. Several vehicles at the trailhead but no crowding on the trail. Lots of shade and beautiful scenery. Only 30 min from MCO if you are coming from out of town.

hiking
Sat Feb 23 2019

Nice trail! Great river views and easy hiking.

hiking
Sun Feb 17 2019

This trail is absolutely peaceful and beautiful. You will see more people along the trial, just doing the same, enjoying nature. This trial is very friendly for all people. Mostly flat, but it does have lots of tree roots along the trial. People love to camp out there. Totally recommended. You can bring your dog, but please bring bags to pick up the poop. I did not see any trash at all. Well done! Please keep all trails clean of feces and litter.

hiking
muddy
rocky
Wed Feb 13 2019

hiking
Tue Jan 29 2019

Best place I have gone to in Florida so far. Tons of birding to be done. Would definitely be a great mountain biking trip. SOME of the trails are a little hard to find depending on what you are looking for. Saw a deer, no gators today. I could definitely imagine how flooded certain areas would get with rain.

Mon Jan 07 2019

This trail is pure FL. Absolutely loved it. It's varied and I saw a river otter. If you love FL, you'll love this trail.

hiking
Wed Jan 02 2019

Huge trail, roamed around to scope out the primitive campground. New Year's Day amazingly busy but beautiful trail and a great way to start the new year.

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