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7.1 Mile Black Bear Wilderness Area HIKE and pizza/beer lunch

Below, I've also provided directions to Black Bear.

On June 12th, 2015 Seminole County re-opened this 1,600 acre site to the public. The 7.1 mile loop trail at BBWA is established on historic levees that rise about 15-20 feet above the hammocks and wetlands. We may be fortunate enough to observe River Otter, White-tailed Deer, Bobcats, and maybe even a Black Bear. For about two miles, we are rewarded with views of the St. Johns River.

This is a remote trail over rough, uneven terrain.  For 5.5 of the miles we are on a single track on top of the levee berm and will encounter slopes, tree roots and holes (animal burrows) where we need to watch our step.  There are 14 nice new boardwalks to get us over wet areas and about a mile is on an old road bed. 98% of the trail is SHADED.  Hiking shoes, water, a hat and bug spray are recommended. There is NO restroom at the trailhead or on the hike.  There are a few benches, but most are along the first 2 miles.  Plan to be on the trail about 3.5-4 hours so that we can enjoy the sights and take a couple of water/snack breaks.

Trail Map:

Trailhead Address and directions: 5298 Michigan Avenue  Sanford, FL [28.835294,-81.355201] ( From Interstate 4 exit 101C at Sanford, take SR 46 west for 1.5 miles to Orange Blvd. Turn right. Continue 1.3 miles to New York Street on your left. Turn left. Drive 0.5 mile to where New York Street and Michigan Avenue meet. The trailhead is straight ahead of you.)

Afterwards, those that want to continue the conversation can plan to grab lunch at Riverwalk Pizzeria Lake Forest

Questions, comments, etc.  call or text Joe at 407.718.8853.

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  • Joe C.

    Another great hike. Good to see some new faces too! Thanks everyone and have a great upcoming week!

    4 days ago

  • Clark J. R.

    Great group, great hike and weather. Trail dry from last visit. Started with y point buck, green snake eating lizzard, piggy rattler, only two spices of spiders, bugs, some roo's . some times da tortious wins the walk. Thanks to Joe and his LMA's for another great day!

    3 · 4 days ago

  • Joan F.

    Aww man! I really like this walk… I guess I won't be going on all walks this month as most weekends are scheduled with family get together's and such. I am excited for the Juniper walk and our dinner out! Once January rolls around I should be good to go LOL

    November 28

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