Seminole State Forest Florida and Lower Wekiva Loop Trails

Eustis, Florida

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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 and out of the basin regularly. The forest contains all thirteen of the region’s natural communities, including 1,725 acres of sand pine scrub, a true scarcity outside the Ocala National Forest. The forest contains more than 21 miles of hiking trails, including the featured hike—a section of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) that runs north-south through the length of the forest. There also are three loop trails: River Creek, Sulphur Island, and Paola Loops. The Lower Wekiva Loop Trail and Sulphur Island Loop are included in the Florida Division of Forestry’s Trailwalker Program.

Seminole State Forest: Florida and Lower Wekiva Loop Trails Professional Review and Guide

"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 and out of the basin regularly. The forest contains all thirteen of the region’s natural communities, including 1,725 acres of sand pine scrub, a true scarcity outside the Ocala National Forest.

The forest contains more than 21 miles of hiking trails, including the featured hike—a section of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) that runs north-south through the length of the forest. There also are three loop trails: River Creek, Sulphur Island, and Paola Loops. The Lower Wekiva Loop Trail and Sulphur Island Loop are included in the Florida Division of Forestry’s Trailwalker Program."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Eustis
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Seminole State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Seminole State Forest: Florida and Lower Wekiva Loop Trails

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May 2018