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Pine Island Trail | Blue Spring State Park

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Location
Orange City,  
FLORIDA
From You5695.51 Mi
Local TipsHelpful to arrive early - best views of the park, Springs and wildlife are in the morning hours.
Fees / Permits: $6 per carload ($4 individual) state park fee
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2014-10-07
Created By@RoadRunnerFL
Surfaces
  • Soft
Activities
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Road Cycling
Features
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Limited Hours
  • Flat
  • Out And Back
  • Good For Workouts
  • Has Playground
  • Family Friendly
  • Fee
  • Dog Friendly
Street Crossings
  • None
Max Distance7-10
Volume of Use
  • Steady
DescriptionScenic Florida terrain along the out and back trail offering a total length of 7.3 miles. Easy to add on another couple miles simply by covering distance along the perimeter of the park and/or the boardwalks.

Even though the trail is not long, you will travel across everything from fine "sugar sand" to flat woods to desert-like scrub then swaths of green hammock wetland areas. This trail is an adventure - and a solid workout - because of how many times it switches back and forth, sun to shade, dry to muddy terrain.

Park pamphlet indicates you may take a dog out on the trail on a leash; park is home to a myriad of amazing wildlife so make safety a priority by going out on the trail with a buddy and/or keep your dog on the leash. You'll see more wildlife tracks than people tracks on this trail; keep a safe distance from any wildlife. Run, walk or hike without wearing headphones or earbuds.

Difficulty: moderate
Bug factor: moderate during dry season/use bug repellent
Restroom: at the parking area
Lighting: none on the trail
Water: carry your own hydration
More detailed info for exploring the trail: http://floridahikes.com/blue-spring-pine-island-trail

Only 35 miles north of Orlando, this beautiful park offers: St John's river boat trip, snorkeling, scuba diving the Springs, kayak, canoe, primitive camping, overnight camp cabins and space for RV campers. Bonus: Springs are a safe haven for the manatee during the cooler months in Winter. More info: http://www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/aboutthepark.cfm
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