Palm Bluff Conservation Area - Osteen, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Janila
N 28° 53.446 W 081° 08.460
17R E 486252 N 3195891
The Palm Bluff Conservation area provides about 8 miles of hiking trails through a bird watcher's paradise.
Waymark Code: WMYT11
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 07/19/2018
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
Views: 2

Deep Creek is a tributary which feeds into the St. Johns River and which runs north to south through the eastern section of the Palm Bluff Conservation Area. In addition to the approximately 8 miles of hiking/biking/horseback riding trails, there is a designated group camp ground. The land in this area were once a cattle ranch and local ranchers have worked an agreement that they can still allow some of their cattle in the park. The trails are typical Florida trails, fairly flat and sandy with some areas covered in pine needles, and they take a hiker through a typical Florida forest although there are areas that show signs of the cattle that still roam. Palm Bluff is recommended to anyone who is a bird watcher. I am not and can't identify most birds but I truly enjoyed the sounds of the various birds as I took my hike through the woods.
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 3321 acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
There are about 8 miles of trails. The ones I took were sandy and fairly flat. The trail map can be found here There is not a bridge over the creek, crossing it is through the creek itself which on occasion will flood.

What points of interest are there?:
Bird watching Typical Florida terrain. Possibility of spotting alligators near the creek (this IS Florida!)

What activities are available?:
Hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, primitive tent camping and wildlife viewing.

Hours of accessibility?: unknown

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
snakes, alligators, cactus

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: No

Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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