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Alexander Springs

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info

ROUGH DRAFT
Andrew Thoreson
Jul 2017
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
Revisit? C
Birding C *
Wildlife A
Summer Heat A
Terrain Not Rated
Fun Hike C *
Maintained A
Mosquitos C
Biting Files A *
Ticks C
NOTE: C-
NOTE: Trail nice, spring not nice.
NOTE: Saw none.
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 49525 CR 445, Altoona, FL, Lake, USA, 32702

1) What It's Like

A swimming area with a small trail. Florida trail goes to this area but not really this spot. Trail is nice, the spring gets loud and crowded.

2) Kinds of Birds

Some wading birds in spring run. Trees are a bit packed together to see much of any forest birds when we were looking.

3) Wildlife

Ocala National Forest is big so anything possible including bears.

4) Amenities

Canoes, bathrooms, typical stuff.

5) Time Requirements

Give that trail 30 minutes.

Experience

We have not spent enough time in Ocala National Forest to really "Get it" - BUT - this is my understanding of this place:

The Florida trail runs through the whole thing and generally is considered to go from point A to B, B to C, C to D. Two of those letters would be Juniper Springs and Alexander Springs - two springs people generally bring their kids to to swim at.

I believe the Florida Trail is actually south of here more distance you'd normally want to walk.

You enter and unless you pick a good time you'll be hit by a hordes of people sitting in the area in front of the spring on towels etc. In the spring again so many people it kind of ruins anything peaceful. But hard to blame anyone for a spot being popular. The Timucauan trail is kind of fun - a boardwalk. It has tiny springs and streams coming up all around and ends up a bit further up the spring run.
The Florida Trail - not discussing that here - it goes to this general area but I don't think it's walking distance from the spring itself. I think it's to the south.

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