Seminole State Forest

Description:
The Seminole State Forest in Lake County is one piece of a vast network of public lands that protect thousands of acres of streams, springs, sand pine scrub, swamps and pine flatwoods associated with the Wekiva and St. Johns rivers. Blackwater Creek crosses Seminole State Forest and flows into the Wekiva River, which forms the forest's eastern boundary. Hikers can choose from 21 miles of trails, including a 7.5-mile segment of the Florida Trail. Some trails connect with those found in the adjacent Lower Wekiva River State Preserve. The forest may also be explored by bike, horse or canoe. Drive-in access requires a State Forest Use Permit. Trails are closed during seasonal hunts.

Watchable Wildlife:
The numerous springs and streams attract turtles, wading birds, alligators and the occasional otter. Sandhill cranes are often spotted in shallow marshes and in former pasture habitat. The latter is also a good place to look for gopher tortoises and their burrows. A small number of Florida scrub-jays reside in the scrubby flatwoods. Deer and turkey are commonly spotted year-round. Watch for the graceful swallow-tailed kite in the spring and summer. Bear Pond, a 13-acre former borrow pit, has been stocked with numerous game fish and is a good site to view various wading birds.

Ownership:
Florida Forest Service

Contact:
352/360-6675 or 352/360-6677

Directions:
The first entrance is located off of SR 46 approximately 14 miles west of the town of Sanford. Parking areas, entrance gates and trailheads are located at the second entrance which is located west of the Wekiva River on SR 44 in Cassia, approximately 12 miles east of the town of Eustis.

Related Sites:
Other Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes eat aquatic invertebrates (insects, crustaceans and mollusks), small vertebrates (fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals), roots, acorns and berries.

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