Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Fort McCoy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Nice area for birding with lots of elevation changes

Walked to Hidden Pond over MLK. Beautiful scenery and friendly people. Parked at Juniper Springs and walked out and back. Highly recommend. Plenty of water sources out there

Incredible 21 mile day hike! My group and I trekked the southern path starting from Juniper Springs Rec. Area, during the winter time, early Jan. 2018. This trail offers very diverse scenery, which was nice to stay engaged, and excited for what more you might discover. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great and unique place to explore in FL!

Basic quick trail. If you go for the spring it’s great otherwise very short and easy.

It was hot, spiders ruled, fallen trees from Irma, and all the plants left their marks.

Did this section and another farther south over labor day for a 25 mile point-to-point.

Pros: Trail was lovely and well maintained. Literally had the trail to myself on a holiday weekend because it isn't "hiking season" in FL yet. Flat and easy to put in miles.

Cons: It wasn't hiking season for a reason, temps were in the 90's both days and the ticks and chiggers were out in force. Water is pretty available but requires some nerve to wade out to depending on which pond you're at.

Did this section and another farther south over labor day for a two day 25 mile point-to-point.

Pros: Trail was lovely and well maintained. Literally had the trail to myself on a holiday weekend because it isn't "hiking season" in FL yet. Flat and easy to put in miles.

Cons: It wasn't hiking season for a reason, temps were in the 90's both days and the ticks and chiggers were out in force. Water is pretty available but requires some nerve to wade out to depending on which pond you're at.

Great little side hike next to the natural springs. Packed sand trail, lots of shade, just check for ticks when coming out :)

Very nice, full of wildlife! Bears are frequent.

backpacking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

This is actually the hidden pond trail, you start at Juniper Springs and pay ten dollars per day for secure parking and you are also allowed to use their showers and facilities when you get back including a dip in the springs. The hike is boring at the start and then in the middle quite beautiful. My kids thought we were in Africa. The last 2/3 of the trail are very exposed so it will be hot. Hidden Pond is spring fed and crystal clear. A great destination. Filter the water and get there early cause it fills up fast on the weekends!

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Beautiful 3-mile walk along Lake George (Florida's second largest lake), plenty of wildlife and Spanish Moss covered trees

the hiking trail is hard to find. You need to park in the overflow parking for the RV campground then the start is located behind what looks like an abandoned restroom facility. It is a nice trail with some gorgeous huge cypress trees located about halfway through the trail. You better bring some bug spray on warm days though. the yellow flies can be tough

hiking
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gorgeous trail from Silver Glen Recreation Area to shore of Lake George. Lots of Spanish Moss overhanging trail, very beautiful. Saw four other people, lots of bright yellow butterflies, and some egrets on the lake.

There was a lot of great views all along this route. My wife, brother, and his wife all hiked it together with one night of camping. Bring alot of water! In the summer it is hot and you run out quickly. There is a little rest stop area about halfway through where we ate, like a gas station with a little restaurant. Had a beer or too, then hiked toward camp spot. Great trip, great hike, was a lot of fun.

Parked inside Salt Springs campground, hiked South on blue blazed spur trail which joins orange blazed Florida Trail 2.5 miles in, then South on Florida Trail to Hopkins Prairie campground and back. Three and a half days, three nights, 24 miles total. Nice hike for Florida. This part about 40% pine forest, 60% open prairie on edge of slough. Trail is very well marked and wide with only an occasional downed tree to detour. Sloughs were mostly all dried up or water was not reachable between two end points for this time. Cool nights, mix of warm to hot days required minimum of four liters of water. Hike in morning, do not do in summer months unless you are a looking for a scorching. This time, this year, ticks were horrible. Bring plastic to sit on, stay out of long grass and a hammock helps.

"hiking" is an inaccurate label for this review, because I wanted to comment on the swimming/ snorkeling at Salt Springs, as I haven't camped there. The spring is walled in with 2 access points and, through beautiful cattails, feeds into the Suwannee River. The water is crystal clear and one could spend hours snorkeling and looking at all the fish & plants. Bring an inflatable float and soak up the sun. The spring is surrounded by nice and shady picnic tables.

hiking
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This place is great. Wildlife everywhere! The Oak Trees are so thick with Spanish Moss...this is a must see. Natural springs everywhere.

camping
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Absolutely a Beautiful place to get away!! I have spent many caming get aways here, actually at Oklowaha Camp. Wonderful for riding 4 whellers, walking, just plain hanging out

camping
Saturday, August 07, 2010

You wouldn't believe how many different trails for beginner to intermediate. Lots of wildlife! Camping for everyone . . . from primitive to campgrounds with running water, showers, etc. This is an awesome place!

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