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Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail

 5 votes

Length

7.2 Miles 11.6 Kilometers

100%

Runnable

Elevation

219' 67 m

Ascent

-206' -63 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

70' 21 m

High

2' 1 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 6 days ago
Dry - Cleaned up and all open. Was closed after recent hurricane. History

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

Mark Brandenburg

Overview

Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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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Apr 20, 2018
Nate Ritter
Hot afternoon. Beautiful trail. 7mi

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