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Lake Jesup

Length: 29.2 mile (linear)

The Lake Jesup section passes through deep woods and along village streets and roads and follows along the beautiful Econlockhatchee River.
American Bald Eagle (Carl M. Anglesea)

Much of the area is developed property. The Orlando Wetlands Park is a birdwatcher’s dream. The restored Seminole Indian War fort and museum at Ft. Christmas recreate the 1830s when the fort was one of a chain of wilderness forts extending the length of Florida. Pause at Mills Lake Park to enjoy a picnic by the lake, as well as restrooms and camping and a boardwalk through a floodplain forest lush with ferns.In downtown Oviedo, you’ll encounter the famous roosters strutting along Railroad Street near Popeye’s Fried Chicken. The post office and restaurants are just a few steps off the trail. Once on the Cross Seminole Trail, you’re in the backyards of suburbia for a stretch, although hidden gems like an eagle’s nest at Black Hammock trailhead and the deeply canopied shade of Howell Branch Creek (just off the trail) await. This section ends at Spring Hammock Preserve, a palm hammock along the shores of Lake Jesup which preserves some of the nation’s largest cypress trees.