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The Florida Trail Segment 13: Seminole Ranch Trailhead to Saint Nicholas Avenue

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Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

The Florida Trail Segment 13: Seminole Ranch Trailhead to Saint Nicholas Avenue is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Christmas, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 32 ft Route type Out & Back

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This follows the Florida Trail south from the parking lot across from Orlando Wetlands Park and takes you almost to Rte 50. On the way back, it takes you through the cattle fields.

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Reviews (24)
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Rob May
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Hiking

This should not be a loop. Just call it an out and back and call it a day. FT portion is a 4; pasture is a 2. Had a run-in with a bull and that wasn’t much fun scampering over uneven terrain and avoiding cow pies. Plus, THERE IS NO TRAIL AND NO TRAIL MARKINGS once you reach 50 (if you start clockwise). However, we ran into an elevated trail on the other side of barbed wire fencing and were rewarded with a fabulous wetland area in our way back. Tons of gators, egrets, irises.

James Marriott
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

OK for me taking the open trail to the little to the right would be the way to go. Go through all the cow pastures 1st period then you get the woods on the way back. It wasn't to money just not that great walking through the cow pastures.

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Joe Perry
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HikingMuddy

Cow flops. Lots of Cow Flops on this trail. Not sure how this works on Nature Conservancy Land, but it looks like it was damaging this area (i wonder if the cows are passing antibiotics along with their manure) Otherwise - an amazing trail - use lots of bug spray. Probably best in the dry months (Nov.-Feb.)

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Scott Simmons
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HikingOff trail

The FT is nice but the cattle area has no trail. We ended up following the tracks of where a car had driven. It's pleasant enough if not too hot.

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Randy Lamb
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HikingOff trail

Turn around at the pond about 3.5 miles in. It’s. 4 stars until then. One star after, no markings, rough pasture, no trail to follow. This should be an out and back, not a loop.

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Andrew Pietruk
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HikingMuddyNo shadeOff trailWashed out

in short, do this as a double back on the actual trail. The trail is the best feature here...Don't bother trying to walk the pastures with the cows ... it's been weeks since it has rained and the trail provided in this map was a constant bog. Ankle deep water throughout the fields. Even with the right boots and sunscreen it's not worth the trek in the sun. if you do take the pasture stay to the right and hop back on the dead end trail that is west of the FT. that stretch is worth it, despite needing to offset to get around ponds and creeks that wash out the trail.

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Leah Fieldbinder
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Amy Deese
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Hiking

One of my favorite local trails. Plenty of shade most of the way!

Rick Cosmas
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Hiking

The outbound on the FT is pleasant enough. The return is more slough through cattle pasture than trail hike. Doing it in July (rainy season) provided additional adventure as in over the ankle water in sections of the FT and most of the pastureland. But then this is a wetlands section. Barb wire pasture boundaries, wild turkeys and cowpies a plenty add to the adventure and earn the moderate ranking. Worth doing? Yes. But not as pleasant as the nearby FT sections available from the Barr St trailhead.

Michael Lang
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First to Review

I hiked from the St Nicholas Ave trail head of E Colonial (50) North to the Seminole Ranch Check station and back. Lots of Banana Spiders & web's, Muskets, and slogging through the mud 50% of the way. I turned back when the H2O got to deep for my boots. after 2 hours of slow going through the mud I decided I had enough. Beautiful forest and pasture along the way, but I highly recommend doing the hike in the dryer season.

David Newkirk
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Romik NY
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Will Berry
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Brandy Collopy
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Julene Irwin
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Bob Reed
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Backpacking
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Scott Simmons
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Hiking
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JUAN JUAN ZARAGOZA
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E S
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Alex Sturgill
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Jane Sharma
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Hiking
Scott Simmons
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Bird Watching
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Sharon Hurley
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Eric Dickmann
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Hiking
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