Jun 29, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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The area that makes up and surrounds Little Big Econ State Forest supports a wide variety of wildlife and provides a roaming corridor which connects the southern part of the Econ Basin to the Tosohatchee State Preserve and other public lands along the St. Johns River for approximately 100 miles. The numerous species of wildlife found in this corridor include: gray fox, river otter, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobcat, resident and migratory waterfowl, wood storks, wading birds, shorebirds and numerous upland species such as deer and turkey. Other common sightings include: sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, ospreys, and hawks.
Snow Hill Entrance: Take SR 50 (Colonial) East from Orlando to SR 434 (Alafaya Trail) and turn left (North), heading towards Oveido. Turn right (heading East) on SR 419 (Broadway) at the traffic light. Continue on SR 419 through a traffic light at Lockwood Boulevard. About 2.5 miles past Lockwood turn left on Snow Hill Road. When you see the bridge, just before is the gravel road to go under the bridge and park. Lot's of parking here.
We pass ranch building from bygone cattle days, the twin palms overhanging the water that is a great photo op and finally end up at the bridge spanning the St. John's River over hwy. 46.
After we meet, we will shuttle our cars which will take about 30+ mins.. trip is about 11 miles.
There is a watering hole for humans at the end if we just can't tear ourselves away from the river. They serve beer, wine and food either indoors or outdoors with a great view of the river.
Don't forget sunscreen - the last half of the paddle is in full sun, combined with water reflecting.
GPS CORDS FOR SNOWHILL RD: N28 40'39.0" W[masked]'52.0"
GPS CORDS FOR SR46(CS LEE PARK) N28 42'52.3" W[masked]'09.2" (take out)