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Bull Creek

Length: 37.7 miles (linear)

The thru trail follows the west side of Bull Creek along the old railroad grade. Ties and hardware remain along the route. Pines in the northeast corner of the property still have “catfaces” (areas on trees where iron gutters were attached to harvest the pitch). Additional trailside history includes a small cemetery in Bull Creek, flow wells, and the remains of a turpentine still and sawmill. Today, the property is managed jointly by St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for flood water retention, wildlife management, and public recreational use.

Trail riders at Forever Florida (M. Timothy O'Keefe)At the south end the trail passes through Forever Florida, a working cattle ranch and private nature-oriented resort. Hikers have the opportunity of viewing sandhill cranes and wood storks along with cattle. The main development of the eco-resort is north of the trail and hosts a restaurant, a nature-based gift shop, swamp buggy tours, bicycle and equestrian trails, nature walks and a butterfly garden.Further north, the trail passes through the Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area. In the past, this area was used for grazing, timbering, and the production of naval stores. A system of rail and tram roads for logging was established during the early 20th century.