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7.1 Mile Black Bear Wilderness Area HIKE

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  • Please arrive on time to depart  8:30am

    Meet at the trailhead parking area at 5298 Michigan Ave. west of Sanford for a 7.1 mile hike with shorter options.

    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, sunscreen 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.

    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.)

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