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Field Trip – Hike the Black Bear Wilderness Area (Sanford)
January 11 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Black Bear Wilderness Area is about 1600 acres of natural wonder in northwest Seminole County. But don’t worry, we won’t be hiking 1,600 acres.
It features a variety of wetland habitats—wet prairie, hydric hammock, and cypress swamp—within the St. John’s River floodplain. These habitats form a mosaic of diversity which hosts white-tailed deer and Florida black bear and an impressive number of bird species. Its large size and proximity to other public lands make this an important piece in a puzzle connecting natural areas between the Wekiva/St. John’s basins and the Ocala National Forest. Our trip leader is Patti Smith.
The group will have a couple of options on the day of the hike:
1) we can take the boardwalk and trail to the St. John’s River. The trail is shaded with a canal/pond alongside to the river, or
2) we can be more adventurous and explore the 7.1-mile loop trail along the St. John’s River. This option takes about two hours.
Where to meet: Carpooling may be available for this trip. Please meet at 7 a.m. (for a 7:10 departure) at the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Eustis, located at the intersection of 44 and 19.
Meet us there at 8 a.m. at 5301 Michigan Avenue in Sanford.
Click to register: https://oklawaha-valley-audubon.org/product/field-trip-hike-the-black-bear-wilderness-area/