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Height a few miles with Captain Mike. Crystal clear day not a cloud in the sky 50° can’t get much better than that.

Lots of roots so good for footwork! Humid though with a dense canopy.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's fun it's not a hard hike it's super easy. It's more for seeing gators and turtles and birds. It's free to get in but no dogs allowed since it's a bird reservation.

Magical!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

I've hiked this are a few times. I've seen bobcats, otters, nesting eagles, swallow tail kites and marsh rabbits! It's well worth the time!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Went in early March 2016 and didn't experience the severe flooding other reviewers noted. The trail does cross standing water occasionally but there were wooden platforms in place to keep you out of it. Trailhead warns a 3 hour hike, but only took 2 at a leisurely pace with lots of gawking. Kind of your typical Florida hike with swampy scrub hammock and pine flatwoods. Lots of birds including (horned?) owl, woodpeckers and kite-tails

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Monday, January 25, 2016

It was a great trail! We managed to see a pack of Sea Otters, an Alligator, and lots of birds! The trail was nice and open! One thing to mention is the site directions were totally off. The actual address to the site is 2045 Mud Lake Rd. De Leon Springs. We used the directions on the app and it took us about 10-15 mins off point to a residential part. Other than that one technical error the day was great and relaxing!! The observation tower was really nice and useful!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Great! Lots of wildlife would recommend!

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Called ahead to make sure it was open and got 2 miles in and found water up to our knees.... Ain't fond of snakes so we will try again! A muddy blast till then!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Nice wide trail, grassy surface. Tons of wildlife. We saw birds, alligators, armadillos, and snakes. Wear long pants and bugspray because the grass on the trail gets tall in some spots. Theres a nice observation platform and riverbank to take in views.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

The trail warns a 2-3 hour hike, and tells you to check in at the ranger station. My hiking group is rather experienced and actually laughed at the thought that a 4-5 mile hike would take 3 hours, so off we went. In another season, we would've been right. However after a long series of storms earlier in the week about 40% of the trail was flooded. At times the water was thigh deep, and the bugs were horrendous. The trail markers on trees have fallen over at some points leaving you to find the next closest marker or circle for a few minutes trying. Once we got through the worst of it, we made it to the grassy path area (usually mowed in the spring). Not even 100ft into the grassy path we encountered a Cotton Mouth directly in the middle of the path. We were able to use a y shaped stick to hold it down as we passed around it (because no one wanted to turn back and be thigh deep in water after seeing that). We finished the loop and followed the path back out. 2 and a half hours after strutting confidently down the trail head we emerged covered in mud, covered in insect bites, feet cut up and full of thorns, down one pair of shoes lost to the mud, and really wishing that the Sugar Mill was still open so we could go eat our weight in those delicious pancakes.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

We hiked the 6 mile trail. Easy, flat hike. Bring water and a camera. We saw alligators, raccoons and a bazillion birds. Very scenic and uncrowded. Small Parking lot. Recommended.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, February 18, 2012