|A former member||
I did a couple of hikes on the Florida Trail this past weekend, both in the Ocala National Forest.
Sunday was the best trail I have seen the Florida. It was an 11.3 mile hike from Alexander Springs to Clearwater Lake Campground. There are numerous habitat changes on the hike, oak forest, pine forest, Florida prairie, oak groves, palm jungle and ferns.
This section of the Florida Trail has adequate canopy cover and shade for most of the hike, except for the prairie section.
With campgrounds at both ends of the hike, water is easy. It is a 2 liter trip though. In addition to camp grounds on each end of the hike, there is a trail head parking lot just outside of Clearwater Lake Campground.
Saturday we did a hike from Alexander Springs to Farles Lake Campground, 8.2 miles. (Note: Farles Lake Campground is seasonal, open during hunting season only. But there is trail head parking year round.)
This hike had some nice habitat change too.