Hiking Central Florida Guide Book

by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Central Florida  by M. Timothy O'Keefe

176pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0762743549

Hiking Central Florida describes thirty of the region’s best and most varied hikes, those that offer the chance to observe unspoiled, natural Florida at its finest. With terrain ranging from wet cypress swamps to dry pinewood forests, and the region offers subtly striking scenery and it harbors rich diversity. Cover the area from Ocala to State Road 60 near lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction- and also embracing the northern stretch of the Florida Trail in the Ocala National Forest and the Bulow Plantation/Bulow Creek hike on the Atlantic coast- this user-friendly guide takes you from short family hikes in places such as Canaveral national Seashore, to backpackers’ delights. It provides all the information you need to make the most of exploring Central Florida by foot.

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Trails from the "Hiking Central Florida" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 30.
... Preview: The West Indian manatee is believed to be the basis of the mermaid legend because of its humanlike face and broad beaverlike tail. Manatees, which may weigh as much as a ton, eat up to a hundred pound ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Orange City, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: The entry in Short Family Hikes for the Boardwalk Trail in Blue Spring State Park near Orlando described the history of the West Indian manatee and the boardwalk trail beside the spring run that the e ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Orange City, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: A short but striking section of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) encompasses ruins of Florida’s largest sugar mill, destroyed in 1836 during the Second Seminole War. Altogether, there were thr ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Flagler Beach, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
... Preview: Located 3 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, Caladesi Island is one of Florida’s largest undeveloped barrier islands. Its magnificent beach has been included on the list of America’s Best Beaches s ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Dunedin, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The distance from the Florida/Georgia border to Key West is more than 500 miles. For all that distance, the longest stretch of undeveloped beach remaining on Florida’s east coast is the 25-mile strip ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
New Smyrna Beach, FL - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Although Ponce de Leon probably never tasted the spring waters here, an 1889 advertisement promised visitors that the soda- and sulphur-impregnated waters would act as a veritable fountain of youth. I ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
De Leon Springs, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: Despite its name, this 12,000-acre tract is not part of the huge Disney World holding. Instead, it is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which is returning the property to more of a we ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Poinciana, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
... Preview: This 2,300-acre preserve located near Leesburg encompasses two wooded islands (Flat Island and Magnolia Island) and a huge wetland known as the Okahumpka Marsh. Of the two islands, Flat Island is the ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Leesburg, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
... Preview: Located in Seminole County between the towns of Oviedo and Seminole, the 180-acre Geneva Wilderness Area offers a good variety of scenery as its system of red-blazed loop trails cross and border a sha ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Geneva, FL - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 1.8
... Preview: Hillsborough River is famous for its two small sets of rapids created by outcrops of Suwannee limestone. Although not a cause for excitement for most visitors, the chance to hear rapids while hiking ( ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Thonotosassa, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: With miles of white sand beach, this island has 3 miles of trails worth exploring, especially if the weather is acting up and the boat ride to Caladesi looks too rough. The island contains more than 2 ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Dunedin, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Hontoon may not be Robinson Crusoe’s island, but in the mushrooming central Florida region, it’s the next best thing. Hontoon Island has no land access—visitors arrive by boat. The Park Service provid ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
DeLand, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: Depending on your interests, trail hiking may become secondary in this 5,930-acre park. Fishermen will enjoy Lake Kissimmee, rated one of the top largemouth bass waters in the entire country. Nume ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Lake Wales, FL - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
... Preview: This 21,574-acre refuge offers some of the state’s best waterfowl viewing, thanks to a series of dikes that meander around three large lake-size pools. The refuge is a good place for a family outing. ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
De Leon Springs, FL - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: The 5,048-acre forest is part of a wildlife-roaming corridor, including the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area and other state lands that will create a 100-mile-long wildlife passage from State Road ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Oviedo, FL - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4.8
... Preview: This easy walk makes a nice, short stop for those traveling on Florida’s west coast. The Little Manatee River divides the 2,400-acre park into two sections. The southern part, with its developed campg ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Wimauma, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
... Preview: Created from excess National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) land during the development of the U.S. space exploration program, the 140,000-acre Merritt Island Refuge is Central Florida’s ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Titusville, FL - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: The 389,000-acre Ocala National Forest was the first designated national forest east of the Mississippi River. The Big Scrub, as it is affectionately known, is the world’s largest stand of sand pine s ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Palatka, FL - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 34
... Preview: The Ocala South Trail traverses mostly pine and hardwood forests, offering one of Florida’s drier hiking routes. It passes through Farles Prairie, a huge grassy expanse that’s often an excellent place ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Salt Springs, FL - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 38.4
... Preview: Located in the all-important Wekiva River Basin, the 25,812-acre Seminole State Forest is one of the last black bear strongholds in central Florida. Around fifty of the animals are believed to move in ... From the guidebook "Hiking Central Florida"
Eustis, FL - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 7.5