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Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

7.2 mile 11.6 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 219' 67 m
Descent: -206' -63 m
High: 70' 21 m
Low: 2' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Mark Brandenburg

A beautiful 7.1-mile trail along the St. Johns River and within the floodplain swamp.

Mark Brandenburg

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

The Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail is just over 7 miles round trip. The trail makes its way along an old berm that has been abandoned for over 40 years and circles the majority of the 1,600-acre Black Bear Wilderness Area. Huge oaks and red cedars, along with many other species, now cover the berm save for the trail down the middle. On either side of the berm trail is the floodplain swamp of the St. Johns River.

If you take the trail counter-clockwise, you'll reach the St. Johns River after about one mile. The trail then follows the river for several miles more before turning southwest and heading back into the floodplain swamp. A total of 14 boardwalks have been placed along the trail where the berm has been removed to open the floodplain back to the St. Johns River. The trail is dry for the majority of the year, however it is in the floodplain of the St. Johns River.

Flora & Fauna

You'll see a lot of wading birds, pygmy rattlesnakes, deer, and, as the name states, black bears are often seen as well.

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Oct 20, 2035
Sandra Otte
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Jul 7, 2019
Scott Abshire
Starting to get muddy, but still good conditions! — 1h 03m
Jul 1, 2019
L Farrell
7mi — 1h 33m
Jun 30, 2019
Scott Abshire
7.1mi — 1h 01m
May 26, 2019
L Farrell
5/5 7.2mi — 1h 48m
Apr 20, 2019
Scott Abshire
2x Laps. Great condition right now 14mi — 2h 06m
Jul 28, 2018
Scott Abshire
Love this trail. Just stay on your toes. It’s the wild swampland out there! 7.2mi
Apr 20, 2018
Nate Ritter
Hot afternoon. Beautiful trail. 7mi

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Photos

A beautiful black bear looks for lunch in its namesake wilderness area.
Jun 22, 2017 near DeBary, FL
Hiking on the Black Bear Wilderness Trail
Jan 12, 2020 near DeBary, FL
Black bear is one of the best hikes in the area!
Sep 22, 2019 near Heathrow, FL
A coyote seen along the trail.
May 30, 2018 near DeBary, FL
Raccoon in the trees
May 30, 2018 near DeBary, FL

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