Now that the warmer weather is here, why not take some time to explore the beautiful state of Florida by taking your friends and family to explore the Florida wilderness? Florida has a wide variety of trails that range in difficulty, length, and terrain.
There are so many to choose from, so I would definitely recommend you do some research and learn about all of the hiking and camping options that Florida has to offer. To start you off here is a list of some of my favorite places.
Located in Homestead, the Anhinga Trail is a look into authentic Florida. The Everglades National Park is the perfect place to experience all Florida has to offer. The Anhinga trail is a short hike is and and easy hike for for most anyone. Its perfect for kids and family outings! It is a paved walk that will allow you to walk over the marshes with a great view of all the wildlife. If you’re a bird watcher, this is the place for you!
The self-guided trail winds through a sawgrass marsh where you will see herons, egrets and roseate spoonbills. In addition there is a large population of alligators and turtles. This is one the most popular trails in the park because of its abundance of wildlife.
Big Oak Trail
Located in Jasper, the Big Oak Trail is one of the most scenic trails that North Florida has to offer. The majority of the trail parallels two rivers, the Suwanne and the Withlacoochee. There are many sink holes along the trail, as well as large oak trees – one that is so large it takes 8 people connecting hands to wrap around the base! If your feel like some primitive camping there are sites on the bluffs overlooking the rivers. Keep in mind there are no amenities so pack in everything you need!
Black Rock Trail
Located near Jacksonville, the Black Rock Trail is located on a barrier island. The trail is interesting as the area is almost desolate. However, within the park there are bike paths, hiking trails, and jogging trails that will take visitors to an incredibly unique shoreline that look similar to Hawaiian beaches. The beach is covered in twisted driftwood that makes a perfect spot for your kids to roam and climb.
Blue Spring State Park
Blue Spring State Park is located near Orange City, it’s a moderate trail that if you are looking to see Manatees in the wild, this is the place to go. Be sure to bring your photography gear! The springs attract them in the winter months by the hundreds. During the summer it can get crowded here, so go early in the day to beat the crowds. This is a very scenic, moderate hike that is definitely worth the entrance fee to the park.
Florida is full of beautiful terrain, waterfalls, and sight-seeing adventures! Take advantage of the warmer weather and see what this beautiful state has to offer! There are plenty of trails and camp grounds that cater to avid hikers, family outings and even your dog!