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Gopher Trail and Persimmon Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A pleasant hike through old Florida with some nice views of Lake Manatee.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Point to Point

71' 22 m

High

44' 13 m

Low

43' 13 m

Up

66' 20 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (1°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This trail forms a complete loop, starting and ending at the green marker. There is ample parking, a picnic table, and a map at the trailhead.

Need to Know

The park entrance is about 1/2 mile to the west of the trailhead. You can't miss the sign. Stop by the ranger station first, render unto Caesar, then turn left and drive to the secondary entrance. On this map, the end of the trail is down the "Road to Nowhere."

Description

The trail consists of sugar sand and grass paths. Once you clear the trailhead, there is little shade until you get to the middle of Persimmon Loop, where a new oak grove awaits.

Shared By:

Paul Champagne

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Sugar sand is thickest along the western portion of the trail.
Mar 15, 2019 near Samoset, FL
Another interesting tree along the trail.
Mar 15, 2019 near Samoset, FL
A cool, gnarly tree on the path.
Mar 15, 2019 near Samoset, FL
Past the bench headed west.
Mar 15, 2019 near Samoset, FL
The trail is clearly marked, with sign posts indicating turns and intersections.
Mar 15, 2019 near Samoset, FL
A view of Lake Manatee.
Mar 15, 2019 near Samoset, FL

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