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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park - 2/25/2017



This week our family hike was to The Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park in Sanford, FL. It is located right off State Road 46, about 3-4 miles off of I-4.









***QUICK TIP*** 
MAKE SURE TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE MAP. THIS TRAIL SYSTEM CAN BE VERY CONFUSING AND THE COLORS CAN BE HARD TO FIND. THIS WILL HELP YOU NAVIGATE YOUR WAY AROUND. 


This is the only trash can on the property, and it's at the beginning. So, if you have trash throw it away before you start. Also, there are no bathrooms on this trail, but halfway thru the Blue trail you can cross a street to get to Katie's Landing which has very nice bathrooms. 


Daddy and Baby starting their hike. The beginning of the trail has Red and Blue on the same trail line. We saw lots of downed trees, what looked like remnants of a controlled burn, and heard Wood Peckers.


Another tip,make sure to wear good shoes. The entire trail is in Florida Sand. Anyone who has hiked this before knows that your feet just sink into it. It looked like they use 4 Wheelers or Trackers to help pack it down but it's still really soft.



You will see these Gofer Turtle holes everywhere. Just don't touch them, that's a HUGE No No. 



One of many Deer tracks. In fast we saw a white tailed deer about halfway down the trail. It was running so I couldn't get a picture of it. But it was beautiful. 



There were lots of beautiful nests in the area,and many birds to see.


This is one of the many forks in the trail. Make sure you have that map you took a picture of at the beginning to know where to go. 





Our baby girl loving the trail and all the sights and sounds of the forest!



After about a mile in the woods on the Blue trail you will see a main road and you can cross it to get to Katie's Landing to get to some very nice public bathrooms and a beautiful view of the Wekiva.

Youtube Video of our adventure:

Here's a short video of both Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park and Katie's Landing.





Daddy and Baby reading about the history of Katie's Landing.


Public Bathrooms at the entrance.



Daddy was telling baby all about his childhood, when he would come here. 



Wekiva River. So many fish were jumping everywhere.





Daddy and Baby having a wonderful time.






I saw this and had to take a picture. It reminded me of an old story book kind of romance.



This was a great place to take break, have a snack, and relax before getting back on the trail.



Here is the trail head right in front of Katie's Landing. 




These are how you find the "color" trail you are on. This is why I said to take a picture of the trail map. They are hard to find and you can get lost really easily. 



Mommy's turn to carry the baby. She was loving it!




It was great to see the natural Florida landscape. 




Mommy and baby!


I think she was tired of the camera at this point. 



This was the hike back to the parking lot at the end of the trail. It ends exactly where we started. 

For more information about this trail go to: 



Such a great hike, completely different from the previous week's hike. See you next time!