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Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

Out and Back

65' 20 m

High

43' 13 m

Low

58' 18 m

Up

59' 18 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ryan Spr

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Photos

Every so often out here you get lucky with a rainbow.
Oct 3, 2016 near Chuluota, FL
Does grazing off the right of the Yellow Loop.
May 14, 2018 near Chuluota, FL

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Jun 27, 2020
Raphael Guzman
3.4mi — 2h 50m
Jan 18, 2020
Greg Wilson
2h 30m
Jan 12, 2020
Greg Wilson
Dec 18, 2019
James Sims
Dec 1, 2019
Shane Hayes
Jan 16, 2019
Yamilka Rios
Jan 11, 2019
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Nov 24, 2018
Yamilka Rios
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