Hiking The Florida National Scenic Trail

The 10th most popular hiking trail in Florida.

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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.

Florida National Scenic Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  ONF (386) 752-2577; Florida Visitor Information (850) 488-5607; The Official Guide to the Florida Trail from Florida Trail Association (800) 343-1882.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Florida National Forests" from Johnny Molloy

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  NFS Ocean Pond CG

Reference Source:  click here http://www.floridatrail.org/

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  8/10/2016

ID:  11022

Florida National Scenic Trail Hiking Map


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