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hiking
2 months ago

This could be a nice hike in Nov-February but I made the mistake of hiking it in June. Hot and humid 7:30-9:30am. There’s 8 foot bridges to get you over the swamps. There needs to be about 5 more. I got my shoes and socks soaked! Go in the dry season, you”ll be glad you did!

hiking
4 months ago

Great Hike - I took the white trail from the Witness Tree entrance. This trail goes through a pine plantation and past some wetlands. There are 3 boardwarks. I went past where the white trail crosses the yellow trail (more like a forest or farm road) until coming to the orange trail. By this point, the forest changes to hardwoods. One turns left down to Prairie Creek but I turned right. The orange trail here runs along an old logging tram. I walked to the other entrance of the park and then backpedaled a few steps to the yellow trail (i.e., the farm or forest road). I took this back to the white trail, turned left and walked back to my car - 2.9 miles total.

The white trail and portions of the yellow trail can be hot - there is not shade everywhere but the experience is a wonderful one. The trail is often grass-covered and easy to walk. I only passed one group - two bikers - and the hike otherwise was solitary and beautiful.

Path was great! Birds chirping boardwalk over the swampy area well maintained’

The lake and the history on dugout canoes are both more than worth the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is pretty great. After about .5 miles you can't hear the cars anymore, which was a big concern for me stating off. I took the full loop, which was nice, but the main draw is the boardwalk towards the end. For about 100 yards you'll surrounded by swamp and cypress trees. It's magic. If you go further down to the end you see Prairie Creek which is really neat. There's a lot of down trees throughout the last bit of the hike so it's easy to lose the trail. I spent some time exploring the floodplain and the creek.

The only time I saw anyone was the 3 kayakers who were heading down the creek. They had no clue there was a hiking trail back there, which I think is the common understanding. No one I know has been there and I'm sure why. It's a pretty easy hike and I can't tell you enough how amazing that last board walk is.

This is a relatively new trail (one year old) that leads from SR 26 to the east shore of Newnans Lake (or Lake Pithlachocco as the native Americans called it). There is a 2.5 mile hiking trail and 5.5 mile mountain bike trail. The trails cross each other often but, in most cases, it is clear which is which. In one case, near a muddy bend, the hiking trail (orange) appears to disappear and one ends up on the bike trail (blue). In reality, both trails merge at this point until the lake. Initially, the land is a mix of pine forest and overgrown cattle pasture but larger oaks and cypress predominate near the lake.

Most of the trail is easy to hike - there were only two muddy spots.

Overall, this was one of the most enjoyable hikes we have taken in the Gainesville area.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is part of Newnan's Lake State Forest. There is a 2.5 mile loop trail across the road from the West Hiking Trail. The entrance is well marked with a State Forest sign and there is a small parking area. It is a scenic trail with trees and some open fields on the edges. There are a few wet spots but nothing insurmountable at least while we were there. The trail has changed from the one marked on All Trails. It is now a 0.75 mile loop.

It’s normally a great hike, but since the hurricane there is a lot of debris on the trail and hogs have tore up some areas. Hike carefully.

walking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Took my son for a short walk and found this trail on the Florida State Forest site. The trail was well marked and maintained but make sure you are ready to get your feet wet. Parts of the trail were underwater. We sprayed down with bug spray before we started and didn't have any problems but imagine it sould be bad some days.

trail running
Saturday, May 27, 2017

pretty good trail for Florida. Goes through several ecosystems. Some parts are very overgrown. Seems lately used and not many people come here. Lots of Wildlife: snakes, dear, rabbits, and even saw a small alligator.

hiking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016