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Welaka State Forest



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Welaka State Forest contains two hiking trails that are included in the Florida Forest Service's Trailwalker Hiking Program. These foot trails offer the public an opportunity to quietly walk and observe wildlife. Mud Spring Trail starts at the trailhead directly across from the forest headquarters, and leads visitors on a 2-mile self-guided looped walk to Mud Spring. The John's Landing Trail allows visitors a 3-mile or 4.5-mile hike. It meanders along old road beds to the St. Johns River. A third hiking trail is the Environmental Education Trail, which shares a trailhead with the John’s Landing Trail. It’s a short half-mile loop with interpretive signage along the route. Visitors may also be interested in driving the scenic Indian Pond Road, which gives motorists an opportunity to observe a portion of the forest from the comfort of their vehicles. Welaka State Forest is part of the Bartram trail in Putnam County, which follows the route of William Bartram’s travels via waterway, hiking, biking and driving routes.

The eastern half of Welaka State Forest boasts 18 miles of multi-use trails that are primarily used by equestrian riders. This includes the 6-mile Sandhill Horse Trail, which is part of the Florida Trailtrotter Program. Welaka State Forest also offers two 24-stall horse stables, training arenas, a show horse arena, full hookup RV campsites and dorm rooms, which are all available for rental.

All camp sites, dorm rentals, and horse stall reservations can be placed through Reserve America. For more information, contact forest staff at (386) 292-2478.


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