hiking
blowdown
bugs
flooded
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

A wonderful hike with great rewards halfway through. I would recommend this as a moderate hike do to some water you have to walk through. Trail was overgrown when we walked it and had lots of ticks my wife got off me. In one spot we lost the trail somehow and ended up on a plowed fire break but shortly found our way back at a primitive camp site for the Florida Trail. It was pretty warm but a very rewarding hike. I've wanted to hit this trail for about 2 years now and glad I did.

Great for a simple walk in the woods, trail run or ruck. The trail is cleared out, by whatever 4x4 drive through here. I can see it would be very muddy and potentially flooded after a rain. But today was nice and shaded and just warm enough to break a good sweat. If you’re looking for an adventurous hike, this isn’t it. But there was peace and quiet with cheerful birds singing the whole time. Like I said, just a nice walk in the woods. I saw literally no one the entire 6 miles I was out.

This trail was absolutely amazing!

Awesome!!!

This one definitely lived up to the hype. Beautiful. No ticks, even when I ventured off the beaten path.

Great trail, the crossover trail is open with a slight detour and will save you tons of time.

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

Enjoyable trail. Very well marked and maintained. That boardwalk is still closed, but the detour is obvious.

Great easy hike; in early February it was well-maintained and having just finished I don’t think we’re covered in bugs. The first 2.5 miles are wide and then you link to the Florida trail which is narrow and more like a “real” hike- but still flat. The detour to see the spring is minuscule (couple hundred yards?) and definitely the highlight. There’s several different types of vegetation on different stretches. Parking/trail head is right where spring creek and shell point roads fork.

great trail. It's so friggin magical.

should have just doubled back through the forest issued of foing the loop. Doing that would have avoided a lot of the wide open dirt road. The ticks were pretty awful (found over a dozen on myself). Don't skimp on the spring, it's a small detour and adds so very much!

I love this trail destination. The Cathedral of Palms is like nothing else in Florida. NOTE: Take the first forest road to your left after starting on the Trail and follow the Florida Trail Orange Blazes on the trees. If you miss this road you will fall into a series of forks in the road, which if you choose the to go right will take you to a beautiful marsh, but you will miss the Cathedral of Palms. And yes, there are a lot of ticks here! I came back with 4. January 1st hike had very little water standing since we’ve had little rain. It actually made the trail much more enjoyable. I can’t imagine a mid-summer high wet season hike here. There is also a primitive camping area that requires a permit. Fires may be prohibited in the dry season.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
6 months ago

Trails are not consistently marked, very easy to get off trail or miss the connector. Trail not maintained. Ticks are HORRIBLE, even on the open trails that aren’t grassy.

hiking
6 months ago

I don’t think I was on the same trail as outlined here, but so what? There are so many trails and junctions that you create your own custom hike. A beautiful autumn morning. Lots of birds, couple of deer and a family of otters. Would’ve hiked farther, but I left my water in the car. (Doh!)

Ticks. All of them Swarmed

hiking
bridge out
bugs
10 months ago

Nice and easy trail. Bridge out but, there's a well marked detour. Section of trail has lots of big spiders with webs over trail. Can duck under them w/o issue.

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I didn’t think a forest of palm trees would be that exciting but it turned out to be really cool. Very pretty and interesting to see palms in a natural, wild way. The trail is really dry right now since there’s been no rain in ages - not muddy at all. A bit overgrown on much of the Florida Trail section, picked up a bunch of ticks. Would consider doing an out and back on the forest road north track of the loop to avoid the ticks and overgrown brush next time.

We started at the Oak Park trailhead and hiked north to the FR 329 trailhead and double-backed (total 7.5 miles). We only saw two other people. It rained heavily the day before but the trail was mostly dry. Lots of ticks. There are numerous points along the trail to view the river. Beautiful hike!

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

Well marked beautiful trail.

running
bugs
muddy
Fri Mar 29 2019

Tough run, but the scenery is gorgeous! If you are a runner who likes a challenge this is a good one.

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