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Amazing trail! We saw so much wildlife, including Armadillos, woodpeckers, Osprey, songbirds, and lizards. Very relaxing trial through a gorgeous lush pine forest with palm trees, mangroves and beautiful vegetation. Highly recommended!

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muddy
1 day ago

What a beautiful spring! As of June 2020, the only thing that is closed is the blue hole. This trail is open as is the spring for swimming. We intended to do the full loop and then swim, but once the kids saw the head spring we just stopped to swim. Be sure to bring your swimsuits, taking a dip in the crystal clear spring is a must. We are a full time RV family of 8 (FindYourCrazy.org) and today we had 5 of our kids with us (8,9,11 and two other 11 year olds with special needs). We left the dogs at home as you can’t take them to the spring. Everyone did great. We had life-vests for the weaker swimmers as the pool gets about 8ft deep in the middle, but there is shallow wading around the edges. It rained right before we arrived, so there was no crowd, but I can imagine on a hot summer day this could get crowded really fast.

First time back here since covid. Very overgrown, understandably I guess. Nervous about snakes when I can’t see my feet through the brush.

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2 days ago

One of my favorite trails in Gainesville. Some elevation, winding, a few ponds, and lots of peace and quiet.

Great, quick hike on a very pretty trail. There’s a stream and a bridge. It doesn’t take long to lose the road noise.

Great little trail! Did this several days ago, so the trail is definitely open now, even though the app says it is closed. A bit confusing at the start as it wound through a more wooded section, but then it opened into this stunning area with tall pines and beautiful green undergrowth. Highly recommend this as an introduction to this state park.

Fun trail. Seen a hog tracks and caught a glimpse of a hog with 2 piglets.

Nice quiet trail, the sounds of the birds were peaceful to hear.

My dog and I love coming here. He loves the hike and the wildlife and just sitting down by the water and relaxing. It’s a really nice and easy trail. We come often as we live 15 mins away.

Hiked this one on a Saturday with the 3 dogs without anyone else present. Hard to fine the start across the street from the State Park entrance and parked there for $4 entrance. Very well marked and trail completely clear even through dense undergrowth. Beautiful crystal clear white sand stream at the 3 mile 2/2 way point which is a good turnaround for an out and back. Boring thru the barren pine and wire grass from 0.5 miles to 2.0 miles going out.

Beautiful, shady trail. It is open, that needs to be updated. We used the Maclay Gardens trailhead access, which puts you closer to the trail around Lake Overstreet than the Miccosukee Rd. / Forest Meadows access. Well maintained and good signage.

Great trail if you want a really nice relaxing walk in the woods. No frills, ponds, etc, but some wildlife sighting. Minimal traffic.

Nice views of the lake at the beginning on the boardwalk. No shade. Bathrooms just after the boardwalk, but were closed for maintenance. Picnic tables are also there. The second half is just sand road that comes out to the paved road. not much to see. Did come across a tortoise.

Nice little 2 mile trail. Take a picture of map or grab one because there a quiet a few trails/roads that connect to actual trail. You can make this almost 6 miles if you go the wrong way. My kids rode bikes and adults hiked with dogs. There are spots that are very sandy that kids had to walk bikes through, but otherwise it was a fairly nice ride for them. Few wet spots so after rain might be a bit soft in areas. It was an overcast day so no sun, but I think on a sunny day it would still offer some shade. We encountered a ton of yellow flies and the dogs were covered in seedling ticks despite being sprayed before we started.

All trails are back open! Center loop (orange markers) was a great 3-mile hike out to the lake and back. Caught a glimpse of a bald eagle. Be mindful of ticks. Will definitely come back for the East Loop.

hiking
5 days ago

Last third closed

Great trail for a leisure walk. Trail is marked very well. Lots of great birds and other things to see. Halfway through the Osprey Trail it comes out to a beautiful waterway. Benches all around if you wanna just have a little bit of a rest. The pelican Trail is quite Sandy if you need more stability stay to the Osprey Trail.

Old Spanish Way is officially reopened May 2020! Not loving the reopened trail so much because about 2 miles of it is no longer shaded due to clear cutting the pine trees due to pine beetle infestation. The rest of the trail which is shaded (part of Spring Grove trail) is nice though. Saw a few deer & some pretty wildflowers. They added some small benches along the way, but I wouldn’t sit down, due to deer flies! Still was nice to re-experience this trail after being closed for over two years!

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5 days ago

Great trail! Fairly easy, well maintained and clearly marked! It was nice to have a view of the river for the majority of the trail and the rapids were awesome!

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blowdown
bugs
no shade
5 days ago

This trail is now open. Hurricane Michael did a number on Torreya but they have done a great job with the chainsaws. Just keep an eye out because the trail is easy to lose. Lots of temporary orange tape. Try to go early to avoid the heat. Expect snakes.

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fee
flooded
no shade
6 days ago

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no shade
6 days ago

This is a great beach walk BUT there is another trail that starts at the water sports rental area if your looking to be by the water but not in the sand.

-Great little trail -Very little parking at trail head -not busy -educational plaques for plants -kid friendly -has stairs here and there -dog friendly

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