5 Best Hiking Trails in Florida | Waterfront Properties

5 Best Hiking Trails in Florida | Waterfront Properties

Gerald Lombardo
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With varied terrain and tremendous ecological diversity, Florida provides hikers of all skill levels a perfect backdrop for exercise and adventure. Experience the natural beauty of the Sunshine State as you ramble these 5 footpaths.

Blackwater River State Forest

Hike the northernmost section of the Florida National Scenic Trail in Blackwater River State Forest, just a few miles away from its connection point to the Alabama Hiking Trail. Massive red clay bluffs along Juniper Creek provide one of the grandest views found anywhere on the entire Florida Trail. The scenery is spectacular as the path follows along the Blackwater River and its smaller tributaries.

Santa Rosa Island Beach Hike

Take a walk back in time at the Florida National Scenic Trail’s northern terminus, located at historic Fort Pickens, which was built in 1834 to defend Pensacola Bay. You’ll hike along the Gulf Islands National Seashore, the only section of any National Scenic Trail that follows an ocean beach. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen!

White Springs Area Trails

Some of the most popular and scenic hiking in Florida can be found around the town of White Springs following the Suwannee River. If you’re looking for a weekend hike, pick a spot to camp on the river’s white sandy beaches. For a fantastic day hike it doesn’t get much better than the Florida hiking trails at Big Shoals State Park with views of Florida’s only major whitewater rapids.

Torreya State Park

Explore the natural beauty of Torreya State Park along either the seven-mile Torreya Challenge Loop or the six-mile Rock Creek Loop. These trails are challenging making them a perfect choice for more experienced hikers. The endangered Torreya tree can be found here as can the rare Florida yew. From the trail enjoy stunning vistas of the Apalachicola River up to 200 feet below.

Ocala North

Those looking for a multi-day backpacking trip can hike one of the first and most popular sections of the Florida National Scenic Trail in the Ocala National Forest. The northern section spans a distance of about 35 miles and passes through a rolling sand scrub habitat. Wildlife is abundant – deer gopher, tortoises, scrub jays and black bears.

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