De Leon Springs State Park Wild Persimmon Trail

De Leon Springs, Florida

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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. If this were true, you would expect to see a lot of really old people around since the area has been occupied off and on for the past 8,000 years. In fact, one of the oldest canoes ever discovered in the United States, a 6,000-year-old dugout, was found here. A 5-mile section of the Florida Trail loops through a scenic landscape of hammocks, flood plains, and fields. Don’t forget to check out the park’s famous pancake restaurant before or after your walk. Tarzan would probably find more vines to swing from in Central Florida than Africa. Produced by strangler figs, the vines can easily hold the weight of a person.
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Hiking Central Florida

by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Guides)

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. If this were true, you would expect to see a lot of really old people around since the area has been occupied off and on for the past 8,000 years. In fact, one of the oldest canoes ever discovered in the United States, a 6,000-year-old dugout, was found here.

A 5-mile section of the Florida Trail loops through a scenic landscape of hammocks, flood plains, and fields. Don’t forget to check out the park’s famous pancake restaurant before or after your walk. Tarzan would probably find more vines to swing from in Central Florida than Africa. Produced by strangler figs, the vines can easily hold the weight of a person.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: De Leon Springs
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Anytime
Local Contacts: De Leon Springs State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to De Leon Springs State Park: Wild Persimmon Trail

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May 2018