Hiking The St. Francis Trail

The 37th most popular hiking trail in Florida.

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West of Daytona Beach and Deland, the St Francis Trail is an 8.5 mile route through riverine swamp and bayhead swamp to open flatwoods and oak hammock. Hikers can experience hiking along an old logging railroad bed or exploring an old levee, built to flood an area for rice cultivation. A small trail leads up to a natural spring and back around to the main trail, giving enthusiasts the option of a shorter trail or an additional trail for more avid hikers.

To reach the trailhead from Deland, head west on SR44 for 5.5 miles. Turn right heading west on SSR42 (CR42) for 0.5 miles and turn right into parking area.

Overall, St. Francis Trail is the 37th most popular hiking trail of all 43 hikes in Florida. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby St. Francis Trail including Tomoka State Park, Loop Trail, Evans Loop Trail and Little Talbot Island State Park.

St. Francis Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  ONF (352) 669-7495 or 625-2520; Florida Visitor Information (850) 488-5607.

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

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Clearwater Lake CG

Luxury Loding:  Seven Sisters Inn, Ocala (352) 867-1170.

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/florida/

GPS:  29.01408, -81.39375

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  8/6/2016

ID:  15033

St. Francis Trail Hiking Map


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