Hiking The Florida National Scenic Trail
The 10th most popular hiking trail in Florida.
Wednesday 10 August 2016 03:03 GMT
West of Jacksonville near Lake City, the 200,000 acre Osceola National Forest has a 22 mile stretch of the Florida National Scenic Trail near bay swamps and pine flatwoods.
There are 20 boardwalks located on this section of the hiking trail that offer a drier view of swamps and wetland habitat. A primitive camp shelter is located along the Florida National Scenic Trail and is available on a first come first served basis. The trail also passes through the Olustee Battlefield. Olustee Battlefield is a state Historic Site where Confederate soldiers pushed back Union troops in route to Tallahassee.
The east end of this section is 15 miles east of Lake City on US 90 at the Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site. Park at the Olustee Battlefield at the end, at the Turkey Run trailhead on SR 250, or at the Deep Creek trailhead parking area on Drew Grade.
Overall, Florida National Scenic Trail is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 43 hikes in Florida. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Florida National Scenic Trail including Stephan Foster State Park and Lake City.