Orange Creek South Tract is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Citra, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.9 miElevation gain65 ftRoute typeLoop
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R Lopez
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Hiking

Well marked, some wet crossings.

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Anna Johnson
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TAV V
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Hiking
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Dani Scully
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Horseback riding
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Sherylee Crowley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 14, 2020
Hiking

Very muddy and cows on every trail

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sarah reynolds
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 18, 2020
Hiking

Unavoidable knee deep water on the yellow loop and part of the red. Pretty other than that but soggy socks don’t feel great on a 5 mile hike

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Sherylee Crowley
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Hiking

Little wet but still a good hike.

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Bryan Lindenberger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
Hiking

Excellent, well-blazed trails for hiking and horseback. Lots of variety with thick canopied woods, open areas, and even a lake view.

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John Farrell
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Great hike on a very well marked trail. Park at the grassy lot 50" off of hwy 318, not down the road. I walked clockwise, going through the metal gate (Keep closed, #CowLifeMatters, as the sign says). White Blaze, to Red, To Yellow, back to Red, back to White. A very enjoyable loop. I saw aramdillos, deer, cows, bulls, peacocks, turkeys... The trail was mostly shaded 80% of the way. As this is flat Florida, I wore my Ecco waterproof tennis shoes. Next time I would wear boots as the high grass was wet. Not an issue for these shoes, but the last yellow loop was very wet. As in 5" deep water, my shoes and socks got soaked. I had an owl come out of the bushes, almost hit me in the face. She was beautiful. I did see one review that complained about the Cows & Bulls. That's like complaining about the Bison on Yellowstone or the Elk in Banff. Just like any animal, they react to you. If you act scared they might have fun pushing you around some. But if you say, "I'm coming through". They step aside, no issue. Great trail, though probably even better when it's not 90 degrees out.

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Sherylee Crowley
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Hiking

Hot and very over grown, but still a good walk.

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Ryan Piersall
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HikingFlooded

My eleven year old son and I hiked this trail on a Saturday morning and didn't see one other person. Dog friendly. We saw several deer, hawks and a dead snake. BEWARE this is open range and cows are present. As another reviewer mentioned also, we did have an issue with a bull backing us away from his herd. We backed away and bush whacked through the woods to get around the herd. Just be mindful of your surroundings and you will be fine. Yellow trail was too wet to complete loop. My GPS didn't find us on the first half of the trail so my recording is a little off.

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Sherylee Crowley
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Hiking

Nice hike. Saw 7 deer and some cows.

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Sherylee Crowley
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Hiking

Good hike, now it’s fenced for cows and quite torn up.

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Cyndi McDaniel
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Hiking

Been on this trail a couple of times now, usually I love this trail but I just went over the weekend with our puppies and our youngest son who is 11, and now they have cows roaming the area. I didn’t mind too much dodging the cow and horse dung, but during the hike we encountered a group of cows with horns and one of them was a mama cow with her baby. We tried to back away, but the mama cow stood her ground and started toward us and all the others followed. We took off running into the trees (carrying puppies) and they pursued us into the woods. It was very scary. The only thing that stopped them from chasing us was that we ran into a thicket. It was a very scary experience for all of us. I do not want a cow to be the cause of my death. I highly recommend that you only hike this trail by horse.

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Buddy Parmer
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Horseback riding

nice ride

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Buddy Parmer
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OHV/Off-road driving

nice drive with the horse plenty of wide trails for driving

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Cathy Winfrey
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Hiking

Checked out this trail on Dec 1, 2019. It was a nice change of scenery but was a difficult trail to hike due to being torn up by wild hogs. This is a trail better suited for horses. The reviews on All Trails warned of standing water & high grass in the past. I got lucky in both of these areas: no standing water on the trail at all & the grassy areas were recently mowed. The hardest part was the uneven ground & dirt piles from the hogs. Was worried I was going to twist an ankle. Didn’t see any wild hogs, only two shy deer.

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Robert Daffron
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HikingOver grown

This trail is great. Lots of wildlife. Saw 4 deer. Only complaint would be the grass is rediculously high.

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J S
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Hiking

Trail was clear yesterday with minimal water accumulation. White trail and some portions of the yellow trail were a bit overgrown and due for a mowing. The view at the end of the white trail was beautiful. If you go further north past the observation area, there is a road that leads to a better view of the lake. White trail was great; red and yellow were ok. If you are here for a quick trip, just do the white trail.

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Jeremiah Tattersall
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HikingNo shade

There wasn't any water or mud on the trails but I could see where it would be. I saw lots of wildlife - bobcats, owls lots of deer, pleated woodpeckers, snakes, and a lot of other birds. The markings from white to red and again from red to yellow were hard to find due to the crossings of the fire roads. Overall though it was fantastic. I was the only one out there on a Saturday. lots of exposed areas around longleaf stands so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen.

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James Green
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HikingMuddy

Late Janurary Hike. You're going to get your feet wet. Yellow loop is most likely to have water, when I hiked I turned back after going knee deep in water. Rest of the trails have areas where the water cross the trail but most of them you can find a way around. Wear water proof shoes or accept you are going to get your feet wet.

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Jenny Sandoval
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Hiking

Love it !

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Jeff Burdge
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Hiking

This is a different hike than most of the ones in North-Central Florida. Water is still up in some areas so you get to do some of your own navigation to get around flooded areas. Terrain changes are great.

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Sherylee Crowley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 4, 2018
Hiking

Great hike. Quite a few spots were water logged and a bit of slogging but still beautiful. Completed 7.44 miles. Can’t wait to go again.

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Taryn Venable
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 13, 2017
Hiking

I lost service a couple times and my phone died, so it didn’t record my complete hike — I did the entire 7ish mile loop. Beautiful well-marked trail. Started off white, then transitioned to red and yellow. The small loop was 1/3 under water, sometimes up to my knees .. probably should’ve skipped it. Will definitely be going back, hopefully when it’s not flooded!

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Brent Carr
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Hiking

Quiet and untraveled trail. As Bryan stated earlier, not anyone else was on the trail all day. The northeastern part (yellow blaze) was a little muddy and overgrown. But, otherwise, well maintained.

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Bryan Lindenberger
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Hiking
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Three separate loop trails combine to form one grand loop of about seven miles. The area is flat, but trails seem maintained by running a tractor with a till over them, which digs up soft sand and makes hiking challenging and biking impossible in some areas. You will find dirt road biking in the same conservation area however, and horseback riding is also encouraged. Trail use was very light during my visits. A great stop if traveling FL-301 near Citra, outside of Ocala.

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Sherylee Crowley
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Dani Scully
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