North Fork Black Creek Loop

Middleburg, Florida

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This excellent day hike—with backpacking possibilities— explores the hills, woods, and streams of Jennings State Forest. First, travel along and across Sweetwater Branch before reaching the brooding North Fork Black Creek and a campsite. Your return trip takes you over rolling terrain and through pine flatwoods. Hikers making this loop early or late in the day stand a good chance of seeing wildlife. This hike has a lot to offer, starting at the trailhead with its attractive picnic area, picnic shelter, and restrooms, perched on the eastern edge of the 23,000-acre Jennings State Forest. From there, hike to the lush centerpiece of the preserve—North Fork Black Creek, where a campsite awaits. Your return route travels through high pinelands where a sense of remoteness is very real. Be aware that hunting is allowed in the forest, so check ahead of time for hunt dates.

North Fork Black Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This excellent day hike—with backpacking possibilities— explores the hills, woods, and streams of Jennings State Forest. First, travel along and across Sweetwater Branch before reaching the brooding North Fork Black Creek and a campsite. Your return trip takes you over rolling terrain and through pine flatwoods. Hikers making this loop early or late in the day stand a good chance of seeing wildlife.

This hike has a lot to offer, starting at the trailhead with its attractive picnic area, picnic shelter, and restrooms, perched on the eastern edge of the 23,000-acre Jennings State Forest. From there, hike to the lush centerpiece of the preserve—North Fork Black Creek, where a campsite awaits. Your return route travels through high pinelands where a sense of remoteness is very real. Be aware that hunting is allowed in the forest, so check ahead of time for hunt dates."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Middleburg
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Season: October through April
Local Maps: USGS Fiftone
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Black Creek Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

10/22/2011
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Mostly walking on sandy roads. Tons of stickers and very little actual hiking since you are following roads the entire time. Nice facilities at the start and end of the trail


7/17/2011
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Pros: Facilities at start incl. restrooms. Trail gives you a peek @ the creek if you vier off to check out the camping area. A few areas have decent trees and interesting feilds-mostly the last 1.5 miles. Cons: Only the last mile is an actual mature trail surface, the rest is apparently tilled (!) to manage weeds (? WTF?) making it a 3" sink each footfall and shoes full of sand, and... the trail looks like s**t. So so scenery... very "anywhere" Florida with skinny pines and too much Saw Palmetto. Tick fest at the camp site where we attempted to eat lunch at a picnic table-we had to sit on the table-top w/ feet on the seats, to stop the endless march-up-our-legs of the disgusting creatures!



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May 2018