HIKING

A hiking adventure in Gadsden County Florida is an exciting way to experience the destination's outstanding natural beauty and unique cultural history! Gadsden County is an icon of American culture stretching back centuries when early settlers sought a new life. So hike history: magnificent state forests and highways, ridges and peaks, rivers and wildlife, historic homes and architecture, and small town America make Gadsden County a hiker's paradise.

Visitors come from all over the country and internationally to hike in Gadsden County. Miles and miles of hiking trails stream from one end of the county to the other. Here you’ll find all that history and nature has to offer - from leisurely to intense. With our trails you can choose a short leisurely stroll or a more challenging jaunt into the remote wilderness. The favorite places to go in the county are Lake Talquin State forest, Torreya State Park, and Bear Creek Educational Forest.

Bear Creek 

A wealth of viewing opportunities for wildlife, birds and wildflowers await visitors, while the educational focus of this forest provides an array of learning experiences. Visitors can experience the audio-enhanced Living Forest Trail, where the trees tell their own stories.Hiking and nature trails on this 492-acre tract of Lake Talquin State Forest meander through many natural communities, including wetlands, sandhills and dramatic ravines. Along with a variety of birds and wildlife, an abundance of tree species are found in the forest. 

There are three trails marked with orange (3 miles), blue (2 miles), and green (3/4 mile ADA trail) blazes. Bear Creek State Forest is free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Wear long pants, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent and plenty of water. Pack a lunch if you plan on exploring one of the longer trails.