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green Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area

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Trail

3.4 mile 5.4 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 58' 18 m
Descent: -59' -18 m
High: 65' 20 m
Low: 43' 13 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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Leashed
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Trail shared by Ryan Spr

The mainly shady trail weaves through sand pine scrub and well-established oak hammocks.

Ryan Spr

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This 706-acre property protects almost 1.5 miles of the Econlockhatchee River and its associated floodplain and uplands. Red and double yellow blazes help mark the path, and you'll enjoy this route that leads through a variety of native Floridian ecosystems.

Need to Know

You'll definitely be hiking in the sun for part of the trail, so pack and wear sunscreen.

Description

An easy loop hi through charming uplands habitats just east of Orlando. This conservation area is available for hiking, biking and horseback riding. From the kiosk by the parking area, the red blazed trail north under the power transmission lines and connects with the (looped) yellow trail. You'll pass through pine forests, oak hammocks and open scrub. Also, if you wish, you can find some access points to the Econlockhatchee River. The wildlife is abundant here—spotted a fox scurrying away— I'm sure there is many other types of wildlife here too.

Flora & Fauna

Visitors will be able to traverse sandhills to pine flatwoods to prairies of saw palmetto. Lots of thistle and prickly pear cactus. Grand cypresses outlining the nearby waterway can be seen as well.

History & Background

This route is only a few miles from Fort Christmas, which the Army built back in 1837.

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Follow the power lines straight to the river. Go to the right and follow the river through the woods. It's shaded and getting back to your car will get you at least 6 miles. I have been going to this trail for a while and just discovered this hidden gem. Saw pines will tear your legs apart but it's totally worth it for the views and serenity. Dec 5, 2017

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