“Nice singletrack trail through diverse terrain.
— Kirsten Hite
The Lower Wekiva Loop Trail in Seminole State Forest starts at the junction with Sand Road and the Florida National Scenic Trail (Cassia to Bear Pond)
near Blackwater Camp.The trail heads east off into the woods following the horse trail for a few miles.You'll be along the edge of the woods for this portion, but still out in the open. Since it's shared with horses, there can be some sections of deep sugar sand here.
Keep heading east, and you'll notice a gradual slope down as you enter the Wekiva River Basin. The horse trail branches off, and the trail returns to singletrack and enters the thick woods along the river, though you are never able to view the river from the trail. You'll pass through beautiful tall pines and oaks, and some cypress trees along the way.
Portions of the trail can be wet, but you'll have several foot bridges to help you by those spots. You'll pass by a primitive group camp and enter a particularly winding, rooty section of trail, but it doesn't last long. There will be a gradual uphill, and all of a sudden you'll be back out of the thick woods and in the open. As you head back to the splitting point for the main loop, you'll be along the edge of the thick woods, sometimes going down through a few low areas, with several more footbridges. You'll connect back to the Florida National Scenic Trail (Cassia to Bear Pond)
near Shelter Camp, about 0.9 miles north of the Bear Pond Trailhead.