Seminole Ranch Conservation Area
Old Trail Notes
- 31-Aug-2003: Went back out to survey the area for a
possible geo-cache site. Almost stumbled over an alligator while hiking
the Florida Trail. I thought he was dead until I saw his eyes open up.
I gave him a wide berth, but he didn't seem to be interested in me.
- 10-Aug-2003: All of the bridges along the Florida Trail
have all been replaced. Judging from the quality of the work and the
materials used, I suspect the county or state constructed them. Very
nice job! Most of the trails were underwater with the white trail being
the worst. In some places I had wade through 3 feet of water for nearly
a half-mile. Not a good time to go hiking. There's now a primitive
campsite along the Florida Trail just north of SR 50. It has a covered
picnic table, but no fire ring. Only thru hikers can camp there.
- 09-Jun-2001: Most of the horse trails on the north side of
Seminole Ranch west of Hatbill Road are in good condition. The levees
have recently been mowed, but you may still run into some thick patches
of grass. The trails are amazingly dry (no standing water or
mud bogs). The temperature was a scorching 92º F and there is
absolutely no shade on these trails. I was expecting lots of mosquitoes
but surprisingly there were none.
- 13-May-2001: The blue blazed side trail along Echo Road is
completely overgrown. It appears to be abandoned. The orange blazed
trail section along Wheeler Road is in good condition. If you decide to
head out towards the St. Johns River make sure you bring plenty of bug
spray. The mosquitoes will eat you alive.
- 18-Feb-2001: Except for a few down trees, the Florida Trail
is in excellent condition. You can expect to see lots of cows
now that the neighboring grass lands have been reopened for