I have hiked at Black Bear Wilderness Area several times but only made the whole 7.1 miles one time. Black Bear Wilderness Area is located south of the St. John’s River and in the northwest corner of Seminole County. For more info visit the website at https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/locations/Black-Bear-Wilderness-Area.stml. It is a really beautiful area and of course I have taken a ton of photos.
First set of photos includes a map of the hiking trail, the parking lot and some shots of boardwalk There are mile markers along the trail and part of the trail is boardwalk.
Second set of photos show more of the trail. These are from my favorite part the trail – the right side of the loop and where it runs parallels the St. John’s River. There are sections that have signs explaining the ecosystem and some of the animals that live in the area.
Third set of photos show parts of the trail that in not on a boardwalk. The trail can be very rugged, especially where it runs parallel to the St. John’s River. The trail is uneven in places with big up and down sections and tree roots growing thru the middle of the trail.
The last set of photos are of all the wildlife photos I have taken at Black Bear Wilderness Area. I have seen owls, hawks, snakes, alligators, limpkins, great blue heron, insects, butterflies, turtles and much more while hiking the area. The day I had hiked the whole 7.1 mile loop there were a lot of pygmy rattlesnakes out warming up and drying out. This hike was in October 2018 and we had alot of rain over the summer. The area was still a little water logged and the snakes where all of along the sides of the trail.
Remember: Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints