Weekend Backpacker: Jacksonville
Take I-95 south to I-4 west at Daytona Beach; I-4 to the Sanford exit, SR 46. Travel north on SR 46 approximately five miles, passing both the Wekiva Basin Geo Park. After crossing the Wekiva River, the park entrance is on your right. Driving time: two and a half hours.
As a backpacker, you can park outside the gates at SR 44 and 46 and hike in for free. An approximately $2.00 per car State Forest Use permit is required for drive-in access; self-service day-use fee pay stations are located at both entrances.
Â PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Four primitive campsites and a wooden shelter serve hikers along the trail system; these sites are open to backpackers only. Additional primitive campsites, located near the forest roads and shared by folks enjoying a little hunting or fishing, must be reserved in advance; a small user fee applies.
Hiking trails are closed during hunting seasons; information is posted on closures at the main entrance on SR 46, where the Florida Trail climbs up and over a stile into the park.
GUIDEBOOK AND MAPS
The Florida Trail Association maintains the trails in this area, including the Cassia segment of the Florida Trail. Map 21, Cassia, with detailed information on water sources and camping, is available through the Florida Trail Association; check their website for ordering information.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication