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Black Bear Wilderness Area

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Pleasant trail

We walked about halfway up the trail and then went back. It was quiet and fun. We saw a smaller... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
brkeating
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Winter Park, Florida
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An amazing hike where you are very likely to run in to an alligator!

This is a completely wilderness adventure, right in Sanford. You need sneakers, and this is not a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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5298 Michigan Ave, 7.1 Miles, 1600 Acres, Sanford, FL 32771-8573
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 26, 2018

Good food and wonderful place to take a pet. Food quality is very fresh and made to order. Shaded location for outdoor seating.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 4evrA
Reviewed May 12, 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 March 23, 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 March 22, 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
Reviewed February 4, 2018

Friends kept asking me about this place so i had to visit. Great birding area. Plenty of gators but you are relatively safe hiking on high berms. The whole trail is a 7.1 mile loop. Didn't do that yet but did ecplore to the right...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Roger F
Reviewed December 6, 2017

This is such a beautiful relaxing area/ Great place to go enjoy the surroundings. Listen to nature. Take the time to destress.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Alexis0720
Reviewed August 29, 2017

This was a true adventure in the woods! The trail is well marked and maintained. No fee to use and they do not have any facilities or water at the trail head. So make sure you bring plenty of water, hat, and bug spray. There...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Florence J
Reviewed April 9, 2017

Wow! Seemed like we were just outside of Sanford (it is)! We steeped into the forest for a nice hike. We didn't see any bear or alligators and my wife was fine with that. We did the shorter hike to the river and back. We...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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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
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