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Our favorite Central Florida hike! We usually do the complete loop (the one bridge on the loop that's out and has been since Irma, can usually be walked around). The trail is currently completely flooded before the river bridge due to excessive rain the last few weeks. We'll wait a bit longer before coming back, but we will be once it dries out a bit.

hiking
19 days ago

This is blackwaterray and Linda. We are the trailmasters of the Blackwater river trail. Also know as the Hutton trail. We maintain it and all the bridges and blazes.
We are working on getting the .4 mile power line hike back into the woods and crossing the power line.
It should be open by 10-1-18. more rest bench's are coming.

I only hiked 2.5 miles before turning back. When you start the grass is extremely high and only room for one person, so you aren’t sure what could be there so we took it slow. The water was about a foot high in some parts, but not too bad.

trail running
1 month ago

Great run along the river. A few down trees on the trail, made for some good hurdles.

not well traveled or properly maintained the overgrown firebreaks make for a better trail in some places. until maintenance is done you would be better off choosing a different trail.

You can run or hike on this trail for the first 4.75 Miles, I was expecting tu run the full 14.9 but vegetation took over and looks like no one has been there in a long time. 0 traffic and found snakes along the way.

Not properly marked or maintained.

I hike or bike these trails daily due to close proximity. They are shaded for the most part and many options for mileage depending on your path.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. I did run into a few other hikers on the trail but it was not too crowded. The loop can't be completed still but it's still a good hike out. The trails were pretty well marked. I will be back to this one!

not a lot of single track trail. mostly Jeep trails. it is isolated, without a lot of variety so you get to be alone. a lot of open spaces, so you are sure to see wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike, probably about as good as you can get in Florida.

I’m not sure I have the right trail but it’s off of Highway 19. And when you park you go south to get on the train or you go across Highway 19. I did a little bit again. Can’t wait till I retire you can do more. Don’t go directly in back of the big billboard that shows about the area because that is not the trail. It might seem like it for about 2/10 of a mile but then you get in a bunch of brambles. Update: I did get some tix on me, three of them from scrambling through the brush. When I was not on the trail. Update to the update: I did get a bull’s-eye on my arm. It’s either Lyme disease or southern tick rash induced illness. In any event, antibiotics for three weeks and I will be good to go.

hiking
3 months ago

Used it as a backpacking training hike. Great for hiking a wide variety of terrain. Not the prettiest hike, but a nice morning, nonetheless.

Very sandy...horrendous amount of lone star ticks...

Beautiful trails... clean and well marked

Nice visit. Brief. You can hear hwy40. Entry fee of $5 is worth it. Nice boardwalk. Not a Florida state forest. Not a Florida state park. Some type a private entity.

hiking
3 months ago

Big bridges are still out because of Irma, so you can't complete the loop as noted in earlier reviews, but it "stops" at a beautiful flower-filled meadow where the two large bridges are. We even saw a bald eagle hunting. Good for kids (My children and I went out and back in under three hours, but we also literally stopped to smell the roses) and adults that desire the solitude of nature without an entire day of commitment.

I love this trail! I have to have hiked this bad boy 3-4 times this year. Pairs well with the Blackwater River Trail for a ~13mi. day hike.

This is an excellent trail in the blackwater state forest. A lot more fun north bound than south bound.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Could use a few more double blazes
At some of the confusing area Thanks FTA for the great boardwalks and bridges. Was prepared for the mosquitos but not the ticks, oh my. But still a great day and hike.

Very very very sandy. Other than that a nice trail but did pick up a few ticks on the way.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Tons of trail riding fun, clearly marked.

we completed the trail today. 3.29.18 and hiked a total of 16.02 miles. Took us about 7hrs including the the breaks we took. We had also really good weather. the day was hot but there was a breeze. very little shading. bring sunblock and about 3L of water per person. there isn't any water source available. all the ponds and bodied of water have alligators. BIG ONES. there are two camping zones with picnic tables so you can enjoy lunch. overall great trail.

Nice area for birding with lots of elevation changes

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful "Old Florida" trail following the Econlockhathee River. Follow the "Orange" markers. Until they get the Econ bridges fixed this hike is not a loop. The bridges are out due to hurricane Emma. It is still a 5.2 mile hike just going out and back following the river to where the Flagler trail junctions. Easy trail suitable for all.

The UWF West Campus Trails offers a mostly canopied hike on the University of West Florida's nature preserve. While this trail is mostly caters towards the mountain bike crowd, this trail offers some a decent hike for hikers in Northwest Florida looking to add some elevation training to there hike. The 12 mile (gps clocked 11.2) offers more of the same when it comes to the "scenery" of NWFlorida. Due to the amount of PUDS (pointless ups and downs), i rate this trail a 4/5. I want to drop it to 3/5, but the PUDS would actually be quite fun if I was a biker. I would recommend this trail to anyone interested.

hiking
5 months ago

Very well maintained. Trail is well marked.

walking
5 months ago

I really enjoyed this walk. The lake was beautiful. Enjoyed a lunch with my girlfriend.

backpacking
5 months ago

Completed the loop on my dads b day (15.83 miles). He passed away several years ago and I wanted to commemorate his life. Took me about 6 hours with several stops to snack and rest my feet. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and “plenty” of water. Not much shade to be had. But over the day was successful. Good luck!

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