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Cathedral of Palms Loop

Intermediate
 5.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop of single and doubletrack through a beautiful natural sable palm forest.


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6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

Loop

27' 8 m

High

3' 1 m

Low

61' 19 m

Up

62' 19 m

Down

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2%

Max Grade (1°)

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Watch for hunting season. Hike at dry time of year (winter).

Overview

A great loop with a mix of singletrack, doubletrack, and boardwalk with the highlight of hiking through a cathedral-like forest of sable palms.

Description

This trail follows part of the Florida Trail through the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge (Florida Trail: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Section) and starts at a very easy to see deer hunting station right off Spring Creek Highway which has a parking area for a few cars.The loop starts as dry forest road doubletrack and is marked with single orange blazes of the Florida Trail.

The first right turn onto singletrack and all subsequent change in direction where the trail crosses other forest roads are very clearly marked with double orange blazes. The section through the forest of Florida's state tree is at the far east end of the loop and is muddy in sections but very beautiful and cathedral-like!

Pick a dry time of year to hike this (wintertime) since some sections have boardwalks but others will be sloppy even in the drier season of December.

Flora & Fauna

Oaks, magnolias, pines, sable (cabbage) palms.

Contacts

Land Manager: Florida State Parks

Shared By:

Dimitri Poppeliers

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In the palms!
Dec 25, 2017 near Crawfor…, FL
Shepherd Spring (Wakulla County, FL).
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Shepherd Spring (Wakulla County, FL).
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