Seminole State Forest Trail

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Seminole State Forest Trail is a 12.7 mile loop trail located near Eustis, Florida that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

4 months ago

Monday, March 14, 2016

hiking
Thursday, March 03, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We hiked the Florida Trail segment that runs through Seminole SF as a there-and-back day hike (around 15.2 miles, from Cassia to Bear Pond and back). Despite its length, this was a very pleasant and relaxing hike through a nice mix of habitat types--primarily pine flatwoods, with one long stretch through palmetto scrub and brief traipses through hardwood hammocks and past lakes, marshes and creeks. There's a good map at OutInTheBoonies.com (http://www.outintheboonies.com/Seminole_Forest/topo_map.jpg) and a good trail description at FloridaHikes.com (http://floridahikes.com/florida-trail-seminole-state-forest). The trail is mostly well-blazed and easy to follow, with a couple turns in the northern half that are easy to overshoot as the path briefly merges onto old forest roads then veers off again--not a big deal, just backtrack a bit if you haven't seen a blaze recently. The section through palmetto scrub is completely exposed, so be sure to take plenty of water if it's a hot sunny day, or a raincoat if it's drizzly (on the bright side, you'll almost certainly see several scrub jays out there). Blackwater Creek, about midway between the two trailheads, makes a lovely picnic spot; the Boy Scout shelter (near the Bear Pond end), would be a decent stop too--nothing much to look at, but it does offer protection from the elements and a comfortable place to sit.

hiking
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I led a small group hike beginning at the Cassia trail head last Saturday (8/21). The trails were in good shape and other than crossing the path of a few horseback riders we had the trail to ourselves. August really is NOT the time for serious hiking in Florida: I sweated through two tees on the trail. We did approx. 6.3 miles. No wildlife due to our later start and the opressive humidity. I would recommend this trail without amy reservations. The habitat is typical Florida scrub pine and oak eith a sampling of grass prairie. If you go be sure to pick up the literature on the Florida Trailwalkers program managed by the state's Division of Forestry.

walking
Thursday, June 21, 2012