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Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail

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Length


7.2 Miles 11.6 Kilometers


219' 67 m

Ascent

-206' -63 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

70' 21 m

High

2' 1 m

Low

Shared By Mark Brandenburg

Conditions


All Clear 31 days ago
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A beautiful 7.1-mile trail along the St. Johns River and within the floodplain swamp.

Mark Brandenburg

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

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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Nov 10, 2018
Mark Satmary
Mar 30, 2018
Ben Scholl
Feb 11, 2018
Nate Ritter
7.1mi
Jan 29, 2018
Steve Schildwachter
Lots of limpkins and woodpeckers. 8.1mi

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  4.5 from 10 votes

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  4.5 from 10 votes
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#32

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