Explore the most popular historic site trails in Florida with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nice little nature trail. near where Menendez slaughtered the French.

Not much of a hike, just a walk. But the ruins are beautiful.

Super easy. Beautiful views and best of all, wheelchair accessible

1 month ago

nature trips
2 months ago

The trail is natural and has red blazes to follow once you enter the forest. It is one of my favorites because of the different vegetation that is visible once you get into the heart of it. It has remained wetter than normal 4 months after hurricane Irma, some muddy areas.

Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Cloudy, breezy, no rain.
As someone who has lived in Northwest Florida my whole life and being a Milton, Fl resident for the last fifteen years, it's hard to miss the signs for Arcadia Mill Historic Site on Hwy 90 near the Milton city limits. This historic site was saved from further modern development in 1980 by both the Santa Rosa County Historical Society and the University of West Florida. You can learn more about the site at their website:


The hiking trail at Arcadia Mills was the first real hike that I have taken, but with that said I had an excellent time hiking the trail with fellow hiker, Bryan B. The trail is well managed and includes a visitor center, with adequate parking, picnic tables, and garbage cans at the trail head. The trail features multiple terrain types such as boardwalks, widely blazed trails, narrowly blazed trials, and small sections of off-trail hiking. Due to this site being a protected archeological site, most, if not all off-trail hiking is restricted. The only real con of this trail is the massive number of roots exposed due to washout. Hikes must be vigilant.

scenic driving
2 months ago

The Overseas Highway consists of 42 bridges of various lengths connecting the many scenic keys along its 113 mile length. The longest is the famous Seven Mile Bridge, which separates the Middle Keys from the Lower Keys and is the largest segmental bridge in the world. There are five regions in the Keys (Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West). I have made it is as far as Islamorada. I am very much looking forward to my next opportunity to visit South Florida so I can complete the trip to Key West and the Conch Republic…as well as to extend the experience with a ferry excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park (70 miles past Key West).

4 months ago

Was still covered in trash from Hurricane Irma but still not that interesting. Has some good views out to the bay/ocean but the scenery around you is not great. You go over a bridge at one point and there are lots of fish in the calm waters.

4 months ago

well-maintained relaxing trail. lots of birds, butterflies and squirrels. the pine trees were beautiful. some pretty flowers too. would definitely do again

Beautiful hike to the river at Windy Castle trail. Parking lot 3. Then hike around to the north and get a great photo op of both river and beach view together.

No trees

5 months ago

Good out and back train. I saw a HUGE owl during the day.

paddle sports
7 months ago

Great place for a little hike, rent canoes or camp. lots of people on weekends for weddings and farmers market type events

Easy trail. Watch out for mosquitos. Great foliage and views.

This really isn't a trail or a hike. It's a park celebrating the highest point in Florida, thus the reason for my visit. Loved checking another high point off the list (and the lowest of all 50 high points), but I don't think I'll be back.

A trip you have to make if you want to get all 50 high points :) and a nice little pit stop on the way to the beach!

8 months ago

This is a great out and back trail that will bring you from the campground/museum area to the headwaters of the Silver River. Some of the trail is shaded but at least half of the trail had no tree cover so you are hiking in the full Florida sun. The trail is mostly hardpacked with some of the trail being soft sand.

$4 parking fee, trail wasnt to bad but the ruins were cool to learn about. Great place for someone who wants to kayak or rent a canoe with some friends and spend some time on the river.

Fun but not so much if done in the summer. Lots of history here and some ruins of the mill and walls.

There is a short 0.7 mile nature trail that loops around Florida's high point. No perceivable elevation change. Dense understory. Picnic shelters and a small wetland.

9 months ago

Good place to relax and fishing.

scenic driving
10 months ago

This another must do scenic drive that our country has to offer. From Florida City all the way to the southern most point in the U.S.A., this drive is like no other. The bridges from Key to Key are endless it seems. I'm surprised again that no one has reviewed this incredible drive to Key West. I had always wanted to go to Key West, but would only do it if I could drive. I would go again in a minute. And Key West is a fun town to hang out in for a few days too. So if you ever find yourself in South Florida, this is a worthwhile adventure!!

Short little interpretive trail that points out places of interest relating to the history of the mill. About 1/2 mile of the trail is a nice board walk. The rest of the trail is quite worn down by traffic exposing many tree roots creating tripping hazards for those with limited mobility. Trail could use some love, but its a nice peaceful walk. The visitors center was closed when I went so I am unsure about any other fun facts.

Monday, March 20, 2017

We had been to Ft. Walton Beach so we decided to stop here on the way home. Many signs on roads in the area point you to here. Reaching this high point is a matter of parking your car and walking 20 yds or so to the monument. However, word is to reach the actual Florida high point, you have to go on the trail in the woods to the SW of the picnic shelter.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Very easy, primarily boardwalk trail. Goes up a few feet and gives you a beautiful view of Canaveral National Seashore. It is extremely short, but if you hop off the boardwalk and take the little shell ridden trail on the lagoon side, you end up at an opening that people either fish at or just sit and watch birds, fish and little crabs.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Nice easy nature trail along the river. Plenty of wildlife.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Very simple trail. Bugs weren't too bad. The ruins were pretty cool.

Worth doing because it is a state high point even though their are buildings in Miami taller than this peak lol. But certainly nothing special. You drive right up to the highest peak, and then their are just a few short trails around the park that you could do to atleast say you hiked the highest peak. As expected, it is our least favorite high point hike yet. But I will say that Florida has done better then some other states and has a nice sign and monument talking about the peak.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Interesting and varied terrain .... Some sections better marked than others
Good representative wildlife possibilities with hunting allowed so use caution during open seasons

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Very charming historical site. The natural trail is not that long, but there is plenty of wildlife. It is a great option for young children and the elderly. You can also kayak. The charm is really the old structures and welcome center with a documentary screening. Best time to go is early spring.

Monday, April 20, 2015

We hiked from Bulow Woods State Park to the plantation ruins and back. When we got to the ruins, we paid a $2 per person entry fee. We went into the pavilion area to fill up our water bottles- the water coming out of the water fountain was brown- it tasted very salty. I'm sure it was straight from the river that lies behind the pavilion and picnic area. The park ranger lady was very nasty. She didn't want us sitting inside the pavilion because she had it rented out for the next weekend. She was riding around in her little golf cart reminding everyone that there is an admission fee and checking envelope stubs. She was very unpleasant. The sugar mill ruins and the slave quarters were the best part of the trip. A very sad piece of american history.

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