Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Hiked this trail this week with my mother, and thoroughly enjoyed it! It took us 5 hours, but only because we stopped about once a mile to just sit and admire the scenery for a while. If you kept a brisk pace with minimal stops, you could easily do this trail in 2-3 hours. Would recommend to anyone who wants to see the real, natural Florida and its wildlife (we encountered lots of water fowl, song birds, squirrels, turtles, and one massive alligator!). We didn’t see any bears this time, but came across bear scat a few times

We hiked 3.5 miles here and thought it was beautiful. The red loop is the main trail, which is 3.2 miles. Then there are smaller trails that branch off of it. We did the red and the orange trails. The red takes you through woods and scrub habitat The orange goes by a beautiful wetlands. The trails were well marked. Two thumbs up!

Will definitely be back again, tons of trails.

Orange trail was very muddy at points but lots of fun, saw at least 9 deer during 5 1/2 mile hike here, lots of different birds and one armadillo. Hiked to both bridges, where the blue and red trails met was a nice little rapids in the river.

dog friendly, great lake views at the 2 photo-op spots

Very short but absolutely beautiful trail! Well worth the visit to the park.

hiking
1 day ago

Trail was hard to find. Was not marked as Beer Can Island.
Very scenic!

Would recommend this trail. We’ll be back to see the azaleas. Got some great pics. There were several huge woodpeckers along the way. We had a great time watching and recording them. The trail is well traveled and easy to follow. The terrain was nice. Lots of tree roots which made for a fun hike navigating over and around the terrain.

We passed by 3 used condoms on the trail, luckily the kids didn't notice. Lots of birds

mountain biking
no shade
1 day ago

Easy ride on improved dirt/ shell road.
Ride is in direct sun through palmetto pine habitat.

Entrance to the trailhead has been obliterated by construction as of January 2019.

There is dirt road leading into the area however the only signage I saw was a small staff only sign.

beautiful, quiet easy trail. perfect for any skill level

From Sandhill parking area it is an 11.5 mile loop. The parts that align with Volksmarch trail(orange blazes) I would say are the least interesting, but once you get a little deeper into the park and onto the “white only” blazes there is more to see. I’ve hiked this trail twice now....once a day after heavy rain and once with no rain for a week. The trail does get significantly flooded after rainfall in the northern areas of the park...you will have to wade through water. The highlight of my two trips was seeing an adult black bear between 19c and 19d...gorgeous animal. Very solid trail overall.

2 days ago

parking is now on 464c across from dam diner and walking entrance is at far back corner where the yellow blaze trail has been extended. a great hike!

Really nice and beautiful garden!!!

road biking
2 days ago

The bike ride is worth the look for it. It is not well marked to find at trail head. The path is newly paved, wraps around and under and over roads, gets hilly with little shade. I did glimpes a bear in field were pheasants flew up. Its best to ride in fall and winter.

road biking
2 days ago

Nice tree covered in most areas, winding curvy paths. would like to have more painted on the path markers. it's worth the stop and ride!

This is a beautiful set of trails that would easily be 5 stars if the trails were better marked. The maps at the front follow an older color coding system and don't include some of the new trails on the yellow one-way loop. Hikers should beware of cyclists, and vice versa. Due to the high scrub and limited visibilty, it might be wise to put a bell on your bike.

I love love loved this hike so much wild life and just a great time you get to climb over roots and walk on board walks I absolutely loved it and so did my dog!

hiking
2 days ago

Loved doing this with our dog but we didn’t see much wildlife and the trail was market but in my opinion poorly. It definitely wore me out and was a good time will be back!

Nice trails. Great river views. Easy. Dogs allowed.

this trail has been closed all year

I wanted to take advantage of our lovely weather and tick this hike off of my list but I only wanted to do about 5 - 7 miles of it. I parked in the parking lot off of Alligator Alley next to the fire station. I entered through the gate and walked North along the dirt road which was not very scenic. I veered to the right with the trail and went off into the brush where it became much more scenic, it was absolutely beautiful, please see my photos. About 3 or so miles in, it became muddy. The mud became so deep that I thought I would lose one of my hiking shoes so I decided to turn back. I saw a lot of birds but no other signs of wildlife. I picked up a water bottle that I think someone is very sad about losing. Please see my photos. I would love to get it back to this person as it seems to have a lot of good memories attached to it. If you have any idea where else I can post to try to get this bottle back to the owner please let me know.

Nice getaway if you’re in Disney area looking for relief from the madness. The trails can be muddy and closed, even in winter/dry season. Call the Preserve in advance and check on the status of the trails.

Loved this trail! We didn’t intend on walking the whole 7miles. But it was so beautiful out there we had to keep going. I’ll be revisiting this trail many times. We also learned that there is one camping spot available about halfway through the trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail system and info on early residents of the area.

Nice short day hike. Bring a rod to fish from some great spots on the way. One low section near the river is often washed out (for 15 to 40 feet depending) so either be prepared to either bushwack a little, get your feet wet, or wear high boots.

Trail is a rather dull 6 mile loop. Old Florida, scrub, ferns & pines. Inside of Loop was former control burn. Saw a soaring bald eagle, several red bellied woodpeckers (hint, they’re red headed but not visibly red bellied!), and lots of yellow bellied flycatchers scurrying around in the brush. Lots of tracks in the mud, but no critters.

bug spray definitely. found rutting earlier today

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