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I love the AllTrail App because most trails are not well marked. This trail is very well marked and enjoyable. Thank you to the volunteers for maintaining the trail!

Awesome trail

great trail very clean and well kept

Fun hike. After the first half mile or so the trail meets the river and then flirts with it for the next couple of miles, bringing you right up to it several times throughout the hike. It is part of a larger trail and so there's not exactly a turn around point, I went another mile or so past the end of the trail on the app. The trail is well cut and very well marked. It was muddy and wet at some points but nothing that could not be avoided. Decent amount of roots.

Lots of mosquitoes but they were only bad when I stopped moving. Were also a decent amount of spiders with large webs right next to the trail. I saw 4 different kinds of mushrooms although I have no idea what kind they are. I also saw several deer including a fawn. Had the entire trail to myself.

The shelter and geocache were cool to see.

Absolutely my favorite hike in the NW Florida Panhandle. And recently made even better because there has been a new trail segment cut into the brush that starts at the trail head parking area and intercepts the trail. So, now you don't have to walk along the road to get to the trail head if you park in that area!

The trail follows the creek after the first half mile or so. It can be heavily trafficked on a Saturday morning in the summer, but other than I see few people. The trail is technically a northern offshoot of the Florida trail, so you can go as far as your heart desires to the south, or Alabama to the north. After about 4-5 miles to the south the trail veers from the creek and gets hot and boring fast. If you want to do a through hike, bring a friend and park a car at the Blackwater State Park roadside river parking lot to the south, and then drive back up to Red Rocks road to the trail head.

My pup loves this trail as it has plenty of space to run and spots to take dips in the cool creek. I've surprisingly never had to use bug spray on this hike. You would think with such close proximity to water there would be tons of mosquitos, but maybe one or two at a time. I don't stop much while hiking though, so that probably helps.

Trail is starting to get more vegetation growing on it. The first time I walked this trail 4 months ago it had been recently maintained, and it is amazing to see how fast the native flora is growing back. The pine tree saplings have nearly doubled in size! But it is still passable and navigable for a 5 mile out and back. After which, at Deer Lake road the forest has taken back over the trail and thick low growing vines with vicious thorns claw at your legs.

There are blue blazes on trees to mark the trail once you are past the boring, spiderweb ridden first half mile of pine trees, and you usually have at least one blaze in sight at all times. I have cell service for this entire trail, so if you are not confident in the blazes just whip out your phone with this app and follow my previous tracks in real time. The last poster seems to have just followed the forest service roads and not the actual trail.

Great trail to get away from people and let the pup stretch her legs. No bear or bear sign sighted this time. Just one extremely ambitious armadillo.

If you're looking to see animal tracks this is the place to go. I'm learning more of them as I go. Their previous author is correct there's no parking at the trailhead, and I did just park on the side of the road. But it made me nervous. I like the idea of parking back at Harold's. Really there was so many tracks it was unbelievable in the sand. And you won't see anybody. I thought maybe on the day of the eclipse a few people in there. But then again it was lightning and I did leave a little earlier than I planned. The trails are not well marked as the other author said. I really couldn't figure anything out on my GPS. Next time I'll get the real map which is on sale at Harold's

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Beautiful hike with a mixture of open areas, swampy lands, and dense forest. Be prepared to use a lot of insect repellent to repel the man eating mosquitoes and bring lots of water!

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Went here for a little afternoon day hike and it did not disappoint. One of the better trails around this area. Would definitely recommend.

Seemed long,but highly enjoyable. Caught some rain on the last leg of it.

Well maintained

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

We hiked some unmarked trails around the river. Lots of spiderwebs, that my fiancé made me walk through lol. We finally got on the main trail.
Very quiet once you get a little away from the road the wind through the trees was beautiful.
We went toward the river and found those clay cliffs. They are A-Lot bigger than they seem
In the pictures. Love the elevation differences.
We didn't get to go too far because of time constraints, will be going again.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

love the Sweet water trail beautiful boardwalk great for pushing kids in a stroller...

Long winding trail. Not maintained... Sad

Interesting trail- It's a side trail of the Florida Scenic Trail. I Parked along the road at the trailhead, but if you are looking for some security for your vehicle you should park at the Harold Store across I-10. The first 0.6 miles is through a young pine tree plot that was re-planted just a few years ago. But once you get through that it drops down into the trees and runs along burnt grocery creek. I did not see another human footprint, so it seems this trail is rarely if every traveled. Because it is part of the Florida trail, this trail doesn't ever really end, its just a matter of how far you want to hike out. It eventually drops down to the Yellow river and then runs east/west along that. Because there is little human traffic, I luckily sighted a bear that seems to find this trail home currently. Lots of fresh bear signs including tracks, scat, and tree scrapings. It was a single bear that had no interest in meeting me. If you are feeling adventurous and want to spend the day hiking away from anyone but bears, hit this trail up. Most of the part that I hiked was down in a ravine covered with a thick canopy of hardwoods, so there was plenty of shade after that first 0.6 miles.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

GORGEOUS hike for Florida. I wasn't able to hike out too far on it because of time constraints, but it was super peaceful. You first have to hike down the road a little ways to get to the trailhead, but after getting into the woods a little ways there is no other noise except of the forest. This is not a typical pine tree/mini palm hike that I have encountered in florida. The entire hike runs along the creek and has plenty of large hardwoods and spots to sit down and enjoy the quiet. Highly recommend doing this hike, especially early in the morning or late in the evening.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

We walked about 3 mi south and then chose to make a loop rather than walk back to the parking on Red Rock Rd. I enjoyed the hike very much.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

Good local place to go get a good sweat in. The trail more or less parallels the creek.

backpacking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Good hike! Kid and dog friendly as well. Will definitely be doing it again when it's warmer just to be able to enjoy the river after working up a sweat.

Awesome day hike, very well marked and maintained

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

We wanted to park at Blackwater River State Park and hike to Red Rock Road. But with a 3 year old and 2 puppies, it was just too hot today.

We hiked on the Juniper Creek trail for a while until we found an easy entrance to the creek. It was a lovely spot. There was a white sandy beach on the opposite side of the creek, and a nice shallow spot on our side for the dogs and toddler.

The trail itself is pretty well maintained; there were a few large holes washed out and a few parts had prickly plants overgrowing the trail (WEAR PANTS), but the bridges were solid and sturdy and it was still easily traversed even with the holes and prickles.

There were also ticks. LOTS of ticks. And as you get closer to the creek, prepare for mosquito-geddon. There were so thick. But at the end of the day, we only ended up pulling around 4 ticks off our dog. Moral of the story... bring bugspray!

All in all, we liked this trail and thought it was worth the longish drive from Biloxi. We wish we could have seen more of it.

Well maintained. Trail clearly marked, plenty of opportunities to jump in the creek along the way.

hiking
Friday, May 16, 2014

Have walked this trail many times. One of my fav. You can always fined something new on this trail.

hiking
Friday, March 08, 2013

The Juniper Creek trail section was great for an overnight hike trip. You have to leave your car at Blackwater park but trail access is just across the road. About 6 miles in you come to a nice shelter that was made for an Eagle Scout project which is where we set up camp. There is also said to be a football field campsite earlier in the hike but it I never saw it when going in or out. Also, there is some public hunting lands to the east/north east so you may hear some gunshots depending on the time of year. Overall, this section is well kept and an easy hike.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2011

Juniper creek Trail is nice hike, of moderate difficulty that meanders along the edge of Juniper Creek for most of its eight mile lenghth, primary access to the creek is on the northern section, which I would recommend for day hikers, plentiful access to water and the white sand beaches makes this a very enjoyable section, also on this section hikers have access to a shlter and primitive camp sites. Anyone interested in doing an overnight, must park at the southern terminus of the trail, as it is not allowed at the northern end. One outstanding part of this trail that is a must see, is the bluffs at the north end, standing 50 to 60 feet above the creek they make for some excelent photo opportunites.

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