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

Great hike for sure! Terrain varied throughout and walking alongside the river was nice. Completed under 3 hours! Will return!

My favorite trail in all the area. Always see new flora and fauna.

Amazing trail. Scenic, tons of wildlife. Even on busier days, it's still quiet and clear.

One of my favorite trails in central Florida so far! We did the whole loop! We saw gators, snakes, raccoons, and more! The scenery changed from one mile to the next, and my dogs loved the different terrain!

First longer adventure, 6 year old made it with minimal complaining, was dry and cool in the shade looks like it would be pretty swamped out in the summer. Trail is elevated so the veiws are great lots of different terrain. Good wildlife sightings, very big alligators.

Loved this trail. This was the longest trail Ive done so far and I loved it. Saw a baby rattler, baby gators and an 8-10ft gator. Beautiful trail. Cant wait to do it again.

This is a great hike! did this one in the rain, make sure you wear hiking shoes for this one! Did this one twice in 5 hours in the rain. Was nice and challenging.

Very unique and beautiful trail! You feel tucked away in bald cypress and swampy streams. Lots of wildlife (including 1 8ft gator basking in the sun). We walked about 2 miles in total to the banks of St. John’s River. Trail was well maintained with lots of roots and some small hills. Would love to visit again. ❤️

My husband and I enjoyed this beautiful trail, We were fortunate to photograph, a mother alligator and 2 babies, limpkins, a snowy egret, as well as great white egrets, ibis, anhingas, turkey vultures, a great blue heron, and bear scat! Although we were not fortunate enough to see a black bear. Maybe next time. We will definitely do this trail again!

I think everything has been said about this trail. We are visiting from Canada and hiked it 12/26/18. It was my most favorite hike yet. It is super easy if you are ised to climbing mountains - there are none of those down in Florida - but it is stunning. We saw many birds, a turtle and an alligator. I would go back any day.

20 days ago

Didn’t get very far trail is a complete mud pit.

Started the hike around 10am and finished it in 3 hours, even with a 15 minute break about 4 miles in. Didn’t see much wildlife but a great hiking trail nonetheless. A lot of roots on the trail which may make walking difficult. And I did have cell service throughout the whole hike.

First checked out this trail about a week ago and went counter clockwise until we reached the river. Definitely a moderately difficult hike, which required us to turn around due to poor preparation. Went back the next day well prepared and completed the 7.1 mile loop in about 3 hours. Absolutely beautiful! Saw many beautiful bird species, an 8 foot alligator basking in the sun about 30 feet from the trail, a very cute little river otter, and lots of bear prints and a few piles of bear scat. Didn’t see any bears, but will be going back soon! Favorite trail yet!

This was an incredibly good surprise. Well marked trail and not challenging (although probably more difficult in summer). In three hours, I saw three Florida Black Bears (there’s only about 4,000 of them left) and 6 gators. The bears were extremely close, bringing into play your bear awareness training for sure. Beautiful wetland and forest scenery - and more wildlife than you will imagine. Don’t let anyone tell you Florida hiking is not worth it...

@swamp_stompers had a great time today hiking this beautiful scenic trail. Lots of people out today taking in the sights. We went to the left first and got to come back with a lovely breeze from the water. Didn’t see any bears but spotted a Pygmy rattler and a cottonmouth. Very rooty so your feet end up hurting by the end of it all. Well marked and easy to navigate.

1 month ago

Terrific Florida trail. Lots of wildlife including; gators, deer, squirrels and diverse waterfowl. Highly recommended.

I love this trail! It's basically impossible to get lost since its just a loop and its great for wildlife sightings. Just yesterday we saw a black bear just off the trail around mile marker 5. I think I've run into at least one pigmy rattlesnake almost everytime I've been on this trail so be careful of that. Definitely watch where you step.

Awesome hike. Took my 120lb German Shepherd but .5 miles in I heard there were bear sightings. Just got a little spooked but we completed the loop. Saw alligators and heard plenty of noises. Best trail since I’ve been in Florida. No bugs either but lots of trees roots so watch your step. Take plenty of water.

Great hike lots of canopy for shade. We saw turtles, birds and snakes oh and a alligator. Watch your step lots of tree roots and stumps. We did whole trail took 3 hours for 7.1 miles with our faithful companion Pat our dog she was a trooper . We will definitely try it again.

What a contrast from the first time I did this trial. This time I brought my trekking poles. I did not start to rain it mile 3.6 like it did the last time. It’s interesting trail. Saw many many birds. One four-legged creature I don’t know what it was. Maybe a coyote. The trail was dry no bugs. Saw 2 people only

Did not hike the entire loop because I spent a lot of time birding at the marsh. Saw a female Painted Bunting, American Kestrel, eleven Limpkins and other regulars. Very well maintained, easy to follow trail, cobwebs not bad at all. Also saw an alligator and got stung by a bee (unprovoked!) but that is how it goes in nature!

love this trail!! beautiful scenery and engaging footpaths. will be back!

It's pretty long but finished with my daughter in about 3hrs. Saw gator and owl which was really cool. Do bring bug spray cuz you'll def need it....and maybe a walking stick because the cobwebs are INSANE. Would def do again and think moderate is an accurate rating due to length.

Not closed any more!

Currently closed for flooding

This is a great trail. There are a lot of roots and depressions so be sure you have good footwear and have good balance. We have seen pigmy rattlesnakes the last two times we went. One was right on the trail and I stepped right over it. The second one was slightly off the trail. Neither moved and just stayed coiled up.

We went to go hiking yesterday here and learned that it was closed due to flooding. Hopefully it will reopen soon.

Love this trail for hiking / trail running. A few spots are flooded over right now, but easily crossable.

This is one of the best places to view wildlife in Seminole County, and especially in the area around Lake Jesup. Almost 200 species of birds have been recorded in this park, as well as many insects, mammals, and reptiles. The trails are easy to follow in the live oak hammock, but once you get out on the flats, you're pretty much on your own. The official trail is slightly higher in elevation, but I never stay on the trail in the flats. There's almost no point to it.

During the rainy season, the flats often flood. In fact they are currently flooded, and it was impossible to walk any part of the flats. The trails in the hammock area are also a bit muddy.

Nice trails

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6 months ago

The park was really pretty with lots of interesting oak trees but the trail itself was ankle deep water. I should have read the reviews first my bad.

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