Looking for a great trail near Christmas, Florida? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Wekiwa Springs State Park or Split Oak Forest Wildlife And Environmental Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Orlando Wetlands Park or Tosohatchee St Game Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Christmas ranging from 6.6 to 18.6 miles and from 19 to 42 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.)

super cool easy trail saw lots of alligators which is what I wanted and tons of different birds.

Excellent and beautiful park for birding and nature. Many alligators and wonderful birds live in this park. Depending on the time of day you might find a tree that has a little shade but otherwise bring the sunscreen, water and hats as it is very open. Trails are great for a peaceful bike ride or hike.

Wouldn't bother going off the rock road if on bike.

An excellent place to enjoy nature. The path is easy to navigate and the bird sightings plentiful. There seems to be a couple side trails to check out for next time when we have more bug spray. The ‘overlook’ was the best part, with gorgeous Monet-like lily pads and marsh landscape as a backdrop. Rolling down the hill is highly recommended. There is no shade on this trail, so sun protection is a must

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
3 months ago

not a lot of shade. actual trails are overgrown so we just stayed on the dirt road. Bring lots of water!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

This was such an incredible place. I saw so much wildlife here. On the weekends they have a tram service that is free and will drive you around and the volunteers will talk about the area. This place was awesome. The only downfall is that there is no shade. You will see all kinds of wildlife from alligators, snakes, birds, and many different types of plants. Definitely recommend this place.

hiking
muddy
no shade
4 months ago

Overall I loved the trail. Lots of wildlife! A section of the park is under construction... so it’s very muddy, trucks in and out. But if you stay on the lake section... you’ll love it. I’ll definitely be coming back here again.

hiking
bugs
no shade
4 months ago

As with most physical activity on a Florida summer day, do not attempt this "hike" during the day. I'd recommend either first thing in the morning or if the thunderstorms have subsided in the afternoon to do it late. There is ZERO shade throughout the loop, as one would expect. The wetlands itself are a nice spot to get away and decompress. I didn't see any gators, but saw plenty of raccoons, rabbits, deer, and some bird watching.

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail, takes you through several different types of habitats, from brush land, swamp, pine forest, oak forest, and over a few different creeks. I saw a couple of red shouldered hawks, a snake and a couple of woodpeckers, and not a single other human, except at the trailhead. I could definitely see the swamp areas being flooded if there had been a lot of recent rain. Enter the Joshua Creek Trailhead address: 3563 Phillips Rd. Christmas, FL 32709 into your GPS, Google Maps tried to take me up a private driveway when I just entered Charles H. Bronson State Forest, and nowhere near the trailhead.

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.

Really beautiful trail

One of my all time favorite parks in florida!! There's plenty of other paths in the park besides the loop shown here, so theres lots to explore! Trail was comfortable but open, so bring water and sun protection. The park was crawling with wildlife. Ive lived in florida my whole life and Ive never see so many gators in one place. It was an amazing experience

A lot of gators! But really nice trail

Beautiful scenery. Lots of wildlife. Good water conservation happening here.

We had such a great time! We did the full 3.9 loop and saw soo many alligators! There were a couple that were even on the banks! Absolutely beautiful! I will say that it may not be an idea trail during the summer months, not a lot of reprieve from the sun. Today was 80° and gorgeous so it was manageable without shade. Definitely recommend the hike!

running
muddy
8 months ago

I started at 3563 Phillips Road and took the connector trail to the FL National Scenic Trail running north. At mile 1.9 the trail got swampy with 6 to 10 inches of standing water. After returning to the park entrance I changed shoes and ran the south route. After 1.2 miles the trail was swampy again. This combined with the numerous horse droppings on the “hiking only” trail is why I rated it two stars. Also the three rail wooden treadways are overgrown in some areas.

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
washed out
8 months ago

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.

backpacking
muddy
washed out
9 months ago

Excellent trail with beautiful views, though it was wet when I was there.

Beautiful trail of mostly pine flatwoods with some parts through mixed hardwood hammock.

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