North Fork Black Creek trail, Middleburg/ Jacksonville

Directions: From 295 south on Jacksonville, take the Blanding boulevard exit, going south toward Middleburg.  Go about 6-7 miles to county road 220a  You will see the signs directing you to Jennings state forest.  Take a right onto a sandy dirt road, and about a mile on the left is a parking area and trailhead.  There is a restroom and picnic area there.

Trail Information: The North Fork Black Creek trail is a mix of sandy open Florida forest, and swampy bottom land.  The North Fork Black Creek loop is about 5 miles.  some small up and down hills, with some swampy bottom to cross through.  There is a primitive campsite, about 2.5 miles (half way) through the loop.  A fee is required for this.

Miscellaneous Information: There are also numerous equestrian trails, some are 10-20 mile loops. Also, plenty of fire roads criss-cross the forest.  Down the road from this trailhead is an interpretive trail, called the fire and water trail.  Bring water, or a way to filter it.  occasional small streams are crossed.  Also, look out for ticks!

chris