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Black Bear Wilderness Area Hike

Meet us at the informational kiosk at the park entrance. Be on time or we'll leave without you. There's basically only 1 trail there. It's to the left of the kiosk & pretty much a straight shot to the river. We'll hike about 2 to 3 hours.


Check out this link~! http://www.floridahikes.com/bear-encounter-at-black-bear-wilderness

The following from this link: Read more about the park and view vicinity map:

http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/naturallands/blackbear_2.aspx

"The 1650-acre Black Bear Wilderness Area (BBWA)  was purchased to preserve its diverse array of habitats, which include Mixed Hardwood Swamp, Floodplain Swamp, Floodplain Marsh and Hydric Hammock. The trail system takes visitors through the Hydric Hammock and onto an historic levee to its end at the St. Johns River.  Animals seen on the wilderness area include Florida black bear, bobcat, white-tailed deer, barred owls, red-shouldered hawk, wood stork, dusky pygmy rattlesnake, corn snake, and Florida box turtle."

This from this link:
http://www.floridahikes.com/black-bear-wilderness
"One of Seminole County’s newest natural lands, the Black Bear Wilderness Area offers some of the best birding and wildlife watching in the region. True to its name, it was a place to find bear scratches on trees, bear prints, bear scat and Florida black bears themselves. We saw a mother and two large cubs as we were leaving. It’s a 2-mile round-trip to an overlook on the St. Johns River, or up to 2.8 miles if you wish to walk above the river looking for birds and watching boaters. With a trail that’s mostly shaded and extensive views of marshlands, it’s a very enjoyable hike.

Spray yourself liberally with bug repellent before setting out on this trail if the weather is warm. Walk softly, as wildlife is everywhere. Be very cautious of getting off the high ground of the berm, since snakes and alligators do sun themselves along these slopes."

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  • ron s.

    As usual -SUPER - Nice 5 mile walk through pradise,the splended fauna and flora.We saw wild pigs,turtles,numerous birds,alligator,river otter,butterflies and animal droppings.Even though we did not see bears it was great.

    December 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a beautiful, semi-rugged trail. Bear scat everywhere which is exciting to me cause it meant that the possibility of seeing one was excellent! Saw a River Otter, lots of various birds.

    1 · December 10, 2012

    • Terri

      I've seen many otters when I lived on the St. John's River in Cocoa in a house on stilts.

      December 10, 2012

  • Terri

    Too knotty of a path for me on uneven terrain. Single file hiking and don't look around or you'll trip on a tree root. I liked other trails we hiked on better.

    December 9, 2012

    • TEA

      I enjoyed it,but yes, between droppings and roots a treacherous path.

      1 · December 9, 2012

    • Terri

      I'm just a wimp lol

      December 9, 2012

  • Laura M.

    I am sorry I missed this! I am sick and didn't want to make others sick as well. Did you spot any bears?

    December 9, 2012

    • TEA

      Thanks for sparing us your cooties.Hope you recover quickly.Not one bear was spoted,but much scat on the trail.Pigs,otter,gator,b­irds.

      1 · December 9, 2012

  • ron s.

    It appear that wild citrus follow Amit or vice versa.We made juice with the wild oranges, tasted great.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Amit

    Excellent walking on the trail!! Grapefruits

    December 9, 2012

  • Marion C.

    I'd like to go, but our Seminole Audubon mtg is at 2pm. So if the hike is 2 to 3 hrs I couldn't be back in time. Marion

    December 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Marion.... You could hike with us for 1 hour and then turn around and go back. It's a real easy, straight shot trail, so you could still for some of the hike. Have you ever been on this trail? Gorgeous!

      December 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      So you could still enjoy seeing some of the trail I meant.

      December 6, 2012

  • Amit

    Don't leave without me!! Lol :p

    1 · December 3, 2012

    • Terri

      Amit I'm so glad you're going~! You and Ron are so much fun. :-)

      1 · December 3, 2012

  • ron s.

    If only members could know the about of fun we have on these events.

    1 · December 3, 2012

  • ron s.

    WHAW!!! ???? lilly i really got u going girl, that 's the kind of efficiency i love.Looking forward to another great hike.Guess we will be too tired To Party AGAIN ????!!!!.

    1 · December 2, 2012

    • Terri

      Ron is 11:00 a good time or not? I can change it.

      December 3, 2012

    • ron s.

      Lilly ,any day any time for me.It's the other people .

      December 3, 2012

  • Terri

    I have to make the hike on a Sunday so my friend Mary, who is very familiar with the trail, can join us.

    1 · December 2, 2012

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