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Started at Clearwater Lake and worked my way north. Got a late start (5pm), so only made it about three miles until we set up camp at the flood plains. Like previous posts stated, around Paisley might not be the best spot to set up camp. LOTS of traffic, dirt bikes, four wheelers, a truck parked itself by my camp with its headlights on (I didn't notice the truck but my friend did). Second day we made it to the springs. Great location to relax and snorkel. Stayed the night at the springs and made the 11 mile trip back to clearwater lake the next day. First couple of miles are barren due to recent controlled burns, but once you pass the flood plains and enter the tropical forest it really is beautiful. Overall a great day hike, but not the best spot to camp at night.

Trail is flooded just East of marker #8 as of 4/24/18.

Great relaxing kayaking. Water is pristine. Saw several manatees.

hiking
1 day ago

We saw lots of wildlife including gopher tortoise, alligator and many birds, take lots of water, it was hot!

1 day ago

awesome trail

mountain biking
2 days ago

Fir over 15 years, I’ve enjoyed hiking and riding this trail network. By far, it’s one of the best small trails in the region.
However, there is a tree near Rybolt’s Reserve which is leaning on a powerline and has been since hurricane Irma. This is definitely a safety issue as it crosses a portion of the trail.

Saw a cardinal and other beautiful birds hang around here

I went here around 8am on a Sunday and realized that you can view the sun rise from here. Definitely coming back. Although there are rude people who litters here there are group of volunteers who help out clean in which you can get involved as well. I think they're called beach clean up Pensacola.

hiking
2 days ago

I hiked the trail towards the back. And was totally deserted. Wonderful. When you walk 1 mile down a ancient cabbage palm lined Road, you come to the Florida Trail. Maybe not like the real Florida trail, but I believe it’s a side shoot that they volunteer and maintain. You can go to the left and it says it’s a 3 mile loop back to the trailhead. I did not do that. I went to the right. And you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Next time I’ll walk even further there is a Bee island it sounded interesting. It was not super hot. And they’re actually no bugs. Yay

I did this along with the Baynard and Seminole trails and it was very worth it! Great scenery and good wildlife. The rapids view is very unique to the state and was extremely relaxing to be around. I highly recommend this trail.

Excellent trail! It was well-maintained and very scenic the entire way. I loved walking along the river, which gave some of the best scenery on the entire trail. Saw a few gators and lots of turtles and birds. Definitely a 5-Star trailand I highly recommend this along with the river rapids trail.

Trail itself is really short and floods out after even a moderate rain from the previous day. The sinkhole boardwalk is still closed and you can barely see down into it from the trail. I'd skip this place for now.

Lovely. Trails are nice and wide and the habitats vary. Doesn't flood out much. It starts off shaded by Oaks and eventually opens up into natural pines and sunshine. Blue trail still closed as of April 15th.

Very nice. The park is well maintained and trails are well marked. Paraners Branch trail is a good hour hike that takes you by a few pretty sinkholes and has some varied fauna. River trail is maybe 30 minutes and weaves all around the river. If you're feeling adventurous, do the Sweetwater trail though. It's the blue trail about halfway around Paraners Branch. It's a in and out trail that takes you 6 miles deep to the river sink. 3 miles in is a very secluded lake and primitive campsite. You're likely to be the only person around for miles out there and the hike is pretty.

Its alright. The Big Shoal trail itself is pretty nice and well maintained but if you continue on past it they have blocked it off one way for prescribed burning and the other way takes you to a maze of flooded out trails that will require some backtracking.

Best trail I've done in FL. It's well maintained, varied, and gorgeous all over. The trail itself is mostly about 3 feet wide and weaves in between palm trees. It's mostly all shaded and the bugs weren't bad at all (in April). The whole place is just really endearing.

Alafia River State Park is absolutely beautiful. the Old Agrico hiking trail is exactly the type of trail I've been looking for in Florida, there's a lot of hills due it's history of being an old phosphate mine. The only thing I'd advise, is if you're there only to hike, ask for a map of the bike trails also. The trails for the bikers aren't labeled that well, and if you find yourself lost in a slew of them, your hiking trail map isn't going to help you much. Very wonderful park. I'll definitely be back soon.

backpacking
3 days ago

nice trails and great campsite by the river. be sure to bring enough water as neither of the 2 pitcher pumps on the property work.

hiking
3 days ago

very cute and very easy to hike! however the majority of it was flooded after heavy rains the few days before we went so we didn’t get to see all of it, only reason i did 4 stars and not 5, but i saw a gator so that’s cool! definitely want to go again when i can walk the whole thing!

ABSOLUTELY LOVE! went here for an earth day hike and it was amazing! beautiful scenery and not too challenging, good amount of people jogging and hiking and the trails are marked very clearly so u never feel lost. another nice thing is the different trails are all connected so u can really choose an ideal length trail by turning certain ways on different trails, definitely gonna go again (:

walking
3 days ago

Easy walk - caves are interesting- worth it.

It's an ok trail. Not maintain so you will feel like some parts of the trail might knot even be a trail. There isn't much shade or wooded areas. Its a lot of open space. For walking or just hiking a trail is ok.

hiking
3 days ago

Great little trail. I rode my bike along it but it can easily be hiked as well. Wide path for the most part, easily marked. There is a marsh/swamp within a large patch of cypress trees, where an elevated boardwalk takes you over it. Very cool looking. Trail is good for all ages and is an easy activity whether you're staying in the campground or taking a day trip.

Awesome trail!

mountain biking
4 days ago

This trail was fairly easy to follow, but if you aren't used to mountain biking, it will be technical to maneuver the rocks/stumps/puddles in the path. It's not hard by any means, but it requires constantly looking down such that it's hard to enjoy the scenery. Because of this, I decided to take the horse trail back, which is very wide (used to be a service road (dirt)). If you are just hiking this trail though, it is a great trail. A bit narrow due to it being used by mountain bikes, but still enjoyable as a trail. Recommend.

off road driving
4 days ago

Best trails for off roading so far in north Florida!!!! I had blast for 2 hrs!!! Moderate level!!!

Nice trail along the inner marsh with white sand dunes and pine trees. Please stay off the sand dunes and respect the signs that point out the trail. It forms a short loop easily done in 20 minutes. Great for the family. Some shade once you hit the pine trees, and open sun when you're in the dune area. Be sure to wear footwear you don't mind getting sand in!

Awesome area. This river trail goes through Pitt and Sylvan Springs state park. I only explored the state park and did some fishing, not the river trail itself. There are several natural springs here that you can snorkel and fish in. Also a hiking trail along the creek (about 2 miles I believe), that takes you to another swimming hole and a place to launch your kayak/inner tube. The river is narrow enough that the trees will cover much of it and provide some nice shade while paddling. Excellent place to bring kids, picnic, etc.

Easy hike with a lot of birds and other wildlife. North side is out in the open for about 3 miles so be prepared. I did run off one alligator from the trail.

We love walking this trail with our dog.

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