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Pioneer Trail

Intermediate

Trail

5.4 mile 8.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 310' 95 m
Descent: -281' -86 m
High: 119' 36 m
Low: 33' 10 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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An exceptional wild Florida experience not far removed from the hustle and bustle.

Justin Rogers

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

The parking area at Indian Ford Recreation Area requires a $2.00 day use fee deposited at the iron ranger. Adequate parking is available at this site as well as swimming, picnicking and fishing.

Description

The first half of the Pioneer Trail takes hikers through several different ecosystems from bottom land forest to sand hill. Beginning hikers will appreciate the trail's moderate elevation change while still providing an exceptional experience. Portions of this trail run along the north fork of Black Creek and allow hikers to fish from the creek's edge as well as see beautiful views.

Hikeing the second half of the Pioneer Trail will take visitors on a somewhat more challenging trek than the first half. Continuous elevation change is common along this portion of trail, but with the challenging terrain comes beautiful overlook vistas of Black Creek flowing beneath you. As with the first half, this section of trail offers hikers leveled foot beds and handmade foot crossings, as well as benches scattered throughout the trail for rest.

Hikers will find two camp zones, 1 on each segment, at approx. 2 and 4 miles in. These camp zones have ample area for a tent and are equipped with a picnic table and fire ring/grill combo.

Flora & Fauna

Many different animals call this area home. Some of the wildlife encountered along the trail will be deer, turkey, many different species of birds, and the occasional fox. The trail boasts many different flowering plants as well in season.

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Sep 6, 2019
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Reinforced foot path
Aug 22, 2019 near Middleburg, FL
Scenic Overlook of North Fork of Black Creek - Pioneer Trail, Jennings State Forest
Aug 22, 2019 near Middleburg, FL
Overlooking North Fork of Black Creek
Aug 20, 2019 near Middleburg, FL
Foot traffic crossing
Aug 22, 2019 near Middleburg, FL

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