Bradwell Bay Wilderness Sampler

Sanborn, Florida 32358

Bradwell Bay Wilderness Sampler

Bradwell Bay Wilderness Sampler Professional Review and Guide

"This hike explores a remote area of the Apalachicola National Forest. Bradwell Bay is known for its swamp hiking, but this Florida Trail trek stays mostly dry as it crosses a palmetto prairie before entering pines, finally reaching a tributary of Monkey Creek at a place known as The Oaks.

Bradwell Bay Wilderness is 25,000 acres of open pinelands,
palmetto prairies, titi thickets, and some of the deepest swamps around, where old-growth trees patiently wait out the seasons. This wilderness is home to black bears—you may see their acorn-laden scat on the path. Black bears have made a serious comeback in the Apalachicola and other Florida forests. Bradwell Bay—sometimes stark, sometimes stunning—was first established as a federally designated wilderness in 1975 and was expanded in 1984."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 to 2.5 hours
October through April
Apalachicola National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Bradwell Bay
Local Maps