Hugging coastal swamps and marshes before plunging into them at the Cathedral of Palms, this popular 5.3 mile hike along the Florida Trail centers on Shepherd Spring, a natural treasure within St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
Best Hikes on the Florida Trail
Best hikes on the Florida Trail: where to enjoy fabulous scenery and interesting destinations.
Surprisingly rugged and delightfully diverse, this 17.7 mile hike along Econfina Creek is one of the top segments of the Florida Trail for scenic beauty. Scrambling through ravines, stepping carefully along sidehill, and looking down over sheer bluffs along this spring-fed creek, you’ll marvel that this hike is in Florida.
Hugging the Big Bend coastline, this 13.4 mile hike through Aucilla WMA and St. Marks NWR offers some of the most breathtaking panoramas you’ll find along the Florida Trail, and a profusion of wildlife.
With dark waters reflecting against pockmarked limestone walls, palm fronds obscuring dropoffs into yawning sinkholes, and a footpath winding through the most geologically weird piece of any National Scenic Trail, the Aucilla Sinks are the most fascinating segment of the Florida Trail.
Endearingly scenic, surprisingly rugged in places, and unlike any other piece of the Florida Trail statewide, this 9.3-mile trek along the Aucilla River showcases some of Florida’s top natural features in one hike.
Following the gentle curves of its cypress-lined namesake, the 4.1-mile Sopchoppy River section of the Florida Trail is one of the most scenic segments of the trail statewide.