Established in the 1870s, Sanford is the county seat of Seminole County and an excellent gateway to outdoor recreation in natural lands on both sides of the St. Johns River. Just 25 miles north of downtown Orlando, this historic community incorporates green spaces and a lengthy river walk along Lake Monroe.
Activities by Map
- Black Bear Wilderness reopens (6/18/2015) - After another long closure, Black Bear Wilderness Area - one of Sanford's most beautiful and wildlife-rich hikes - has reopened, this time with a new 7.1-mile loop trail in place.
- Afternoon stroll at Sanford Riverwalk (7/7/2014) - To beat the rain and muddy trails, Andy and Tina explore an urban trail, the Sanford Riverwalk along the St. Johns River.
- Exploring the Gemini Springs Addition (10/17/2013) - It took a serendipitous turn one morning for us to stumble across a new-to-us hiking trail not fifteen minutes from home. Now we’d thought we’d covered everything nearby when were were looking for trails while finishing up “Five Star Trails Orlando,” but this one slipped past us. Perhaps due to the location – access to […]
- Sunflower Season on the St. Johns River near Orlando (10/1/2013) - One of the great joys of fall in Central Florida is the explosion of swamp sunflowers – primarily Helianthus angustifolius – that appear along the edges of Lake Jesup, Puzzle Lake, Lake Harney and certain other slow-moving segments of the St. Johns River to the northeast of Orlando. Motorists notice them in abundance as they […]
- Florida natives share John Muir’s landscapes on film (7/3/2013) - Sliding, backpacks on, down steep slopes covered with snow. Wading, waist-deep, through the icy waters of a mountain stream. Plunging into crystal clear lakes reflecting the beauty of the snow-capped Sierra. Relaxing in broad meadows beneath blue skies. With their cameras capturing landscapes all hikers dream about, Ric and Jen Serena immersed themselves for nearly […]
- In Search of the Rail Trails (6/25/2013) - Volusia County's East Central Regional Rail Trail, or ECRRT, runs east towards the coast from Green Springs Park. It ends after 5 miles, but provides a nice ride.
- Return to Big Tree Park (3/25/2013) - While The Senator is a charred stump, thanks to an arsonist, the grandeur of its surroundings at Big Tree Park - including a 2,000-year-old cypress - has reopened to the public.
- The beauty of Seminole State Forest (3/19/2013) - A visual journey along the Florida Trail through Seminole State Forest is the focus of this guest post by Florida Trail Association activity leader Rachael Augspurg.
- Bear encounter at Black Bear Wilderness (10/20/2012) - Visiting this Seminole County preserve for the first time, a string of excellent wildlife sightings culminates in seeing three bears at the trailhead.
- Exploring Lake Jesup Wilderness (9/30/2012) - September is the time to see swamp sunflowers in bloom, and there's no better in-your-face place to see them up close in the Orlando area than Lake Jesup Wilderness in Sanford.
- Seminole, for bear (1/2/2012) - One of my most recent delights, a walk in the woods, was the surprise provided by Seminole State Forest on a revisit after a decade. Walking the Florida Trail south from Cassia to the Bear Pond Trailhead, the perfect weather made for an easy pace and plenty of photographic opportunities. The moment I froze with […]