Pine Island Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Pine Island Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Orange City, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
144 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

wildlife

Directions from Orange City, FL: Take U.S. Highway 921 / 17 to French Avenue. Travel 2 miles west on French Avenue to the park entrance. From the last parking lot, a trailhead is located on the southside between the cabin area and the lagoon.

hiking
6 days ago

flooding about 2 1/2 miles in...took a detour along a durt road..got back onto trail for about another mile before more flooding...lots of sand on trail
..almost no wildlife...

hiking
28 days ago

Lots of soft sand on the trail. River water is high and is close to the trail, making more mosquitoes in the area.

hiking
6 months ago

The springs themselves are very nice but this trail in particular was not my favorite. Probabaly because I did the whole trail in the peak of the day in summer. The whole trail is pretty much just sand and barely any trees for shade. Did see a turtle and some pretty interesting bugs but there wasnt really much to look at. Probably won't return but it was nice to complete it. If you're going to do this in the summer at 1pm like i did, bring a lot of water and sunscreen.

7 months ago

all sand road for too long!

9 months ago

Oh yeah this was a nice trail! It was a little hard to find the head because of the faulty map and directions. it literally starts at a Handicap parking spot [Nature Trail].
The trail opens up onto Magnolia Ave a sandy road and stays on it for about 1.5 miles. After that it gets prettier and prettier, with shade from tree patches and easier dirt and tree debris to walk on.
Took us about 3 hours to do, with a lotnof breaks and slow strolling. did it later in the afternoon, and saw a big boar on the way back. A lot of wildlife tracks, but didn't see much.
I'd do it again!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail. Longer than a lot that you find in FL although it is an out-and-back which no one loves. Trail is mostly loose sand or leaf covered sand but its very wide so no fear of anything in the bushes surprising your ankles. My wife and I saw a number of armadillos and a whole family of Florida Scrub Jay (which is a highly endangered bird found on in FL). Nicely changes ecosystems throughout the hike but I would NOT do this in summer as other reviewers have pointed out.

hiking
Friday, December 16, 2016

This trail is recommended for winter months. It is much too hot in the summer and is full of mosquitos. We went in December and the temperature was nice still some mosquitos in the evening. First short portion is forest, then it opens up to a scrub lowland area and the trail turns into a sandy/dirt utility road. Arrows will direct you in the right direction. There are picnic benches to relax along the way. After a while of open, the trail leads you back in the cover of the trees. The bugs didn't get too bad till around dusk. We saw a couple armadillos, a family of wild boars, and a deer. It was a nice trail but nothing spectacular, the wildlife was a perk. From start to finish it took about 3 hours to complete. Make sure to bring plenty of water, pack a lunch, wear a hat, and bring bug repellent.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

First half mile is nice, trails through a pine swamp. Then miles of sugar sand on an access road. Did see a few scrub jays.

Friday, April 08, 2016

The trail is beautiful as it takes you through different terrains and ecosystems. It ends on the banks of the St. John's River. My friend and I saw a Florida panther and a family of wild boar. Highly recommend this trail.

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