5.5 miles – GPS: N28 07.000 W80 55.957
The northern section of the trail loops around on a terrific hike, make sure to visit the Crabgrass Cemetery. There is a nice mix of scenery on this hike, canopied forest, swampy creek crossings on raised board bridges, and pinewood flats.
Directions and path:
From the parking area on RT192, pass through a gate and head out on the orange blazed Florida Trail, beginning on the right side of the berm just as you reach the bottom. As you follow the blazed trail through the woods, passing a small pond along the way, you arrive at the Jane Green Campsite by the Florida Trail Association. At that site you will find a primitive camp area with a picnic table and a fire pit great place to cook dogs. There also is a hand water pump for the well. From here you can follow the orange blazed trail to the west. On this trail you will come across three footbridges crossing Bull Creek. There is a variety of wildlife in that area – from limpkins, to owls, to a large alligator, to river otters frolicking in a creek. Eventually the orange blazed trail swings to the southwest. You can continue on that trail, looping back when you like (the FL Trail does go all the way to Key West) to branch off and go to the very old “Crab Grass Cemetery” 28 06.090, 80 56.792. If you wish to do some more exploring, there are some white blazed trails that will take you out and around the area below where the cemetery is located.
***Bring lots of water, sunscreen, and lunch as we will eat on location! BYOB optional.