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Black Bear Wilderness Area

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A great hike..

Loved this hike along the river. Lots of beautiful views amidst a nature walk. Kids and dogs can do... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sanford, Florida
Perfect hike

Trail is a 7 mile loop through Florida wilderness. The entire trail isn't for everyone, there were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Woodstock, Illinois
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“tree roots”(4 reviews)
“mile loop”(4 reviews)
“great hike”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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5298 Michigan Ave, 7.1 Miles, 1600 Acres, Sanford, FL 32771-8573
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved this hike along the river. Lots of beautiful views amidst a nature walk. Kids and dogs can do the hike.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank WekivaPark
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trail is a 7 mile loop through Florida wilderness. The entire trail isn't for everyone, there were a ton of tree roots and uneven trails, tree was down at one point blocking the path. Even if you don't have the surest footing if you follow...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mwfl87
Reviewed 4 February 2019

I have walked on this trail many times but this was my first time finishing the entire loop. There are times I have visited and have only seen a few birds. Other times, lots of gators. Today I went 7.1 miles in 2 hours and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DanaLouC
Reviewed 14 January 2019

We ilve about 15 minutes away from this area and just recently discovered it....and it is truly a treasure. Although there are roots and sometimes uneven ground, the trail is relatively easy for anyone who can walk 7.1 miles. Suggest that you wear hiking shoes...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Jacana
Reviewed 30 December 2018

I'm a local and live about 2 miles from the trail. I try to go at least twice a week if I have the time. I've come across many different animal/reptile species out here over the years. If you're visiting the area, I highly recommend...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank TravelWithKyle
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

We walked about halfway up the trail and then went back. It was quiet and fun. We saw a smaller gator and a turtle. I would recommended being cautious of snakes as you walk- we didn’t see any, but this is a place where you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank brkeating
Reviewed 13 November 2018

This is a completely wilderness adventure, right in Sanford. You need sneakers, and this is not a place for anyone who isn't sure on their feet! You walk over tree roots on narrow paths right next to the St. Johns river. The entire loop is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rene R
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Not to far from the city really good walk that's not to challenging do the full loop around and you will see plenty of wildlife

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Artie D
Reviewed 23 March 2018

I live about 20 minutes from Black Bear. I have hiked this trail over 100 times. The mileage is closer to 8 miles rather than the posted 7.1. It is not a straight walk like a walk around the block might be. It winds back...More

Date of experience: March 2018
7  Thank jcnr86
Reviewed 23 March 2018

We only had time to walk about three miles and I wish we could have done the entire loop, but pleased that at least we got down to the river. The trail is well kept but you definitely need to watch your step with the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Questovia
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3 December 2018|
Response from brkeating | Reviewed this property |
Yes! We personally only saw a small gator in the distance. If you do see one of the names creatures, most wont mess with you if you don’t mess with them. Wouldn’t bring my dog though just in case. Also, watch your step while... More
Art F
8 October 2018|
Response from DanaLouC | Reviewed this property |
It is open. There are times it will close if there has been a recent storm.
4 August 2018|
Response from DanaLouC | Reviewed this property |
I see them pretty regularly around my neighborhood. I have seen them a few times in the Black Bear Wilderness area. The safest thing to do is make noise when you are walking in the woods so that you don’t sneak up on them. I... More