Seminole State Forest

Seminole State Forest consists of over 12,524 acres of land near the scenic Wekiva River Basin area. It offers many recreational opportunities for hikers, off-road bicyclist, canoeist and equestrians. 

North Entrance Kiosk Bear Pond
Bear Pond Trailhead

Location

Located about 15 miles west of Sanford in Lake County, Florida. 

Directions

For South Entrance:  From I-4 exit 51, go west on State Road 46 for about 5.7 miles. Park entrance will be on your right shortly after you cross the Wekiva River bridge. GPS Coordinates:   N28 49.152 W81 25.685

For North Entrance:  From I-4 exit 51, go west on State Road 46 for about 7.7 miles. Turn right onto County Road 46A and drive for about 5.6 miles until you reach State Road 44. Turn right on State Road 44 and go for another 4.9 miles. Park entrance will be on your right. GPS Coordinates:  N28 53.405 W81 27.692

Hours

Park is open daily from sunrise to sundown.

Fees

$2.00 per person (children under six admitted free)
Includes all vehicle passengers, walk-ins, bicyclist and equestrians.

For camping: $5.00 per night for 1-5 people, $10.00 per night for 6-10 people. For each additional person, add $1.00.

Annual Pass: $30.00

Hiking

Over 22 miles of marked hiking trails are available at Seminole State Forest. The Florida National Scenic Trail (orange blazes) makes up a part of these trails and begins at the park's north entrance near Cassia off of State Road 44 and ends 8 miles later at the park's south entrance on State Road 46.  Two trail loops are also available: a 11.6 mile Lower Wekiva Loop  (orange & white blazes) and a 3.7 mile Sulpher Island Loop  (blue & orange blazes). There's also a 3.8 mile spur trail (yellow blazes) that runs between CR 44A / SR 44 intersection and the Sulpher Island Loop. It follows the old FNST route before it was rerouted.

Plenty of parking is available at the trailheads.  There are detailed trail maps displayed at each trailhead but unfortunately there are none that you can take with you on your hike.  Bring plenty of water since there are no potable water sources at the park.

Florida Trail Sign Florida Trail

Trail signage at the north entrance. Take a good look at the map before going in.

South Trail Register Lower Wekiva Loop

Trail registration box at south entrance of Seminole State Forest. This is also where the Lower Wekiva Loop trail begins.

Camping

Seminole State Forest has three group campsites (Moccasin Springs, Oak & Jumper) available for reservation and require a State Forest Use Permit . Also available are four primitive campsites (Shelter, Blackwater, Sulfter and Pine Lily) along the Florida National Scenic Trail and Lower Wekiva Loop Trail. These sites are for trail users only.  Each campsite is equipped with fire rings and some have picnic tables and grills.

By far the prettiest of the campsites is Moccasin Springs Camp. It's located next to a tranquil little spring that flows into the nearby Blackwater Creek. It's about a quarter mile off the Sulpher Island Loop trail at coordinates N28 51.147 W81 26.633.

Moccasin Spring Camp Moccasin Spring
Moccasin Springs Camp

The Oak Group Camp is nestled among some beautiful oak trees along Oak Pond. It's near the intersection of Sulpher Road and Loop Road at coordinates N28 50.842 W81 27.269. 

Oak Group Camp

Oak Camp

Canoeing

Located off of Sand Road next to the Blackwater Creek bridge is the canoe launch point at N28 51.487 W81 26.228. A State Forest Use Permit is required. No gasoline motors are permitted.

Blackwater Creek Picnic Area Blackwater Creek
Blackwater Creek

History

There use to be an old hunting lodge located on Oka Road near the present day Bunk Camp. The front steps were mostly rotten, but inside the place was still in pretty good shape. Sadly it burned down sometime around 2011.  Even the old oak trees were destroyed.

Old Hunting Lodge Inside Lodge
Old Hunt Lodge

Hunting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manages hunting at Seminole State Forest. For up-to-date information on regulations and current hunting schedules, please go to MyFWC.com.

Hunting Schedule 2013 - 2014
Archery Sep. 21 - 29
Mobility Imparied Oct. 18 - 20
Muzzle Gun Oct. 25 - 27
General Gun Nov. 30 - Dec. 8
Small Game Jan. 11 - 12,  18 - 19,  25 - 26
Spring Turkey Mar. 15 - 19, 22 - 26

Maps

Topo Map
Topo Map (large size)

Infrared Aerial Map

Old Aerial Map

GPS Data

File Formats Downloads
TopoGraphix ExpertGPS trails.gpx,
Garmin MapSource trails.gdb, trails.mps
Google Earth trails.kmz
National Geographic TOPO! trails.tpo

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Last updated on 23-Dec-2013