Some of the best trails in central Florida can be found in Seminole State Forest in Eustis, Fla., which features more than 23 miles of multi-use paths. This includes 8 miles of the Florida Trail, which will take you through open pine scrub areas, dense shaded forests, and past Blackwater Creek.
The Rock Run Springs Reserve is a 14,000-acre stretch of land located in Sorrento, Fla., with more than 17 miles of trails to explore. As you make your way through the reserve you’ll see large expanses of sand pine scrub and pine flatwoods. During the wide open sections you’ll have the opportunity to look across the landscape and enjoy the remoteness of the area. During the narrow sections you’ll walk through swampy areas and cross small streams using makeshift bridges.
One of the few state parks in Florida that you must take a ferry or boat to, Hontoon Island State Park offers some of the best day hiking available in the sunshine state. Located about an hour north of Orlando this area provides hikers a remote area to relax and enjoy a shaded 3.3-mile hike through Florida’s rich landscape and history.