Mills Creek Woodlands is a beautiful 470-acre wooded area located in east Seminole County, Florida near the town of Chuluota. It features a small creek and a variety of wildlife habitats including oak hammocks, hardwood swamps, open pastures and dry scrub.
To Panorama Road Trailhead:
From exit 215 on I-95, go west on State Road 50 for about 17.5 miles. Turn right on State Road 419 (Chuluota Rd) and head north for about 5 miles. Turn right on Lake Mills Rd. Follow road east then north until you reach Panorama Drive. Parking will be on your right. GPS coordinates: N28° 38.178 W81° 06.032.
To Brumley Road Crossing:
From Panorama Road Trailhead continue north along Lake Mils Road until reach Brumley Road. Go straight heading north then northeast onto Brumley Road. At about 0.4 miles, look for a couple of pull-offs on your right and left where the FNST crosses the road. GPS Coordinates: N28° 39.167 W81° 05.809.
No posted hours and no access fees either.
A 3-mile section of the Florida National Scenic Trail passes through Mills Creek Woodlands. You can access it where the trail crosses Brumley Road, or if you're a thru-hiker coming from the south, you can use Whispering Forest Trail (a private road). Another way would be to come in via the new Panorama Road trailhead located off of Lake Mills Road and follow the 0.4 mile blue-blazed access trail.
Highlights include a scenic boardwalk that takes the hiker through some beautiful fern-covered areas, a nice picnic area underneath a shady oak tree and a scenic water crossing at Mills Creek.
A very nice primitive campsite is located a short distance from Mills Creek along the Florida National Scenic Trail. It is equipped with a fire ring, picnic table and several benches. The campsite was dedicated in 2011 to Wiley Dykes, Sr., a pioneer trail blazer for the Florida Trail Association. GPS coordinates: N28° 38.030 W81° 05.783.
Hunting is not allowed in Mills Creek Woodlands.
Don't let the size of this place fool you. You'd be surprised of how much wildlife abounds in this narrow corridor of woodlands. Wild turkeys are plentiful and so are the white-tail deer.
Dogs are permitted as long as they are on a leash.
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Last updated on 13-Apr-2013