|St. Francis Trail|
|Raised Trail with a neat use of screen wire|
After more forest, you come to a raised area and a single path bridge over some water. This place was cleared for growing rice many years ago and the dike you walk along was part of filling the area with water to grow the rice.
|Single Lane Bridge|
You continue along in forest until you reach a road and the end of the trail. Take the road to the right to see the river landing on the St. Johns. Here there isn't much to see except some very nice views. I've watched a few boats go by here on Fridays and expect things would be busy on the river over the weekend.
|St. Francis landing|
I first hiked this in February this year (2012) and it was cool and dry that day. The next time I went with my friend Walt and we hiked the same route but added the dead river side trip (that's Walt in the bridge photo). It is about 8 miles total and makes for a nice half-day relaxing walk in the woods. Enjoy!
|Return trip along the tram way|
Oh yes, if you are hungry, check out the first restaurant just south of the bridge on the east side of the river or drive on to Deland for a plethora of food places.
|St. Johns River Bridge on Highway 44|