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hiking
23 hours ago

Very nice trail...I'm from Colorado so the lack of elevation gain made this a quick hike...but love the variation in scenery!

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.

Beautiful hike on the beach, walk way, and nature trails. Visited the pier to hear some fish stories. Took some beautiful pictures on the rocks and of the lighthouse. Relaxed and enjoyed a picnic spot as well.

I visited this area on October 17th to do some birding, arriving at about 14:45 in the afternoon on a cool, breezy, and cloudy day with rainstorms threatening. Still saw 23 species of birds, many of them migrant songbirds, in about 3.5 hours walking only the eastern white trail and the return woodland road (part of the yellow trail). As a result of having such a good time on Tuesday, I decided to return early on the next day. Arrived at about 08:45 and spent almost 8 hours hiking the trails in the conservation area including almost the entire white trail (excluding the area used for hunting), most of the red trail, and a good bit of the yellow trail. Much of the area is inundated and that is why I was only able to hike about 75% of the red trail. The inundation is anywhere from muck to 2 to 3 inches deep. The good news is that I have waterproof hikers and pressed on regardless. Saw 42 species of birds on this second trip, which is a single day record for me. Had a great time and would recommend this area for birding. The trail map is excellent, which is par for the course for hiking trails in Florida. Other states efforts pale in comparison to what our state has done for it's hikers.

hiking
1 day ago

Yes it was only about 20 minute walk for the loop, but well worth it the wind was blowing. You feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. No one else is on this trail. I was going to do the big bridge with all the cars because it looked fun too but this is what I needed after a long day. I walk too fast because I was a little worried about the sun going down, but it would be a fun trail to be very slowly. There were a few wet spots but nothing really bad. I was hoping to see the birds coming home at night to roost, but I did not this evening. This might be a fun one to do during a full moon

hiking
1 day ago

No trees

Trail was open and in good shape. I ran into a wild boar. He ran the other way.

hiking
2 days ago

Hurricane Lake is huge! I have not found a true 'loop' around the lake such as the ones around Karick or Bear lakes nearby, but decided that doing a little out and back to the Blackwater River could be fun. I started at the quiet "North Hurricane Lake" campground, and parked my car at the boat ramp there. Its fairly cheap, I think about $2 per person. I have a yearly pass that is good for any Florida state forest for only $45. If you don't want to support the Florida forest system, you can probably park at the bridge that goes over the Blackwater River along Kennedy Bridge road and hike it backwards.

The trail itself is actually the Florida Trail, so it kind of goes indefinitely south, or to Alabama to the north. I did just 2.5 out and turned around. Honestly I was pretty surprised; it was gorgeous. I mean it is still Florida though. You first hike over the dam of the lake, then it tracks through pine forest that had been burned a year or so ago. There wasn't much underbrush, but instead tall grass filled with various wildflowers. It felt kind of meadow-y. It was very very peaceful, and I didn't see another track on the trail. However, the trail had been mowed fairly recently which made me feel better about spotting any potential slithering creatures.

There are a few little signs along the trail that have fallen into disrepair that were there to mark certain plant species. I did this hike on the first day of fall weather for NW Florida, and can imagine that it was in the middle of summer would be really hot. So, plenty of water for summer, and maybe bug spray even though I didn't encounter and problems with bugs. The trail itself is marked pretty well with blue blazes. Every once in a while there were fallen trees that had at one time marked the trail, so I had to refer to the satellite map to keep me on track. Another note, if you are like me and like to download the maps from this app onto your phone, do so BEFORE you get to the campground. There is zero service for me at the campground (ATT), and occasionally one bar would pop up randomly along the actual trail. Other than that, if you are looking for some solitude, head out here. It was so absolutely peaceful, and the campground itself seemed really nice and quiet if you want to do some camping as well.

hiking
2 days ago

mountain biking
3 days ago

This was a great park... but you will have to pay to get in. There are paved parts and their are dirt trails as well. I had planned to bike the big loop, but it became much to sandy once I got off the paved roads. So be aware that the unpaved trails are mostly for hiking, not biking. This means the actual paved part of the park that is available for biking is limited and short. you can kinda ride the paved trail over and over as I did to get up to about 10 miles in total.

At the end where you walk onto the beach is actually awesome.. I great place to sit and relax after the bike ride.