Black Bear Wilderness Area

5298 Michigan Avenue

Sanford, FL 32771

Phone: 407-665-2211

Fax: 407-665-2215

Hours of Operation: Open Dawn to Dusk

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Recreation Opportunities

hiking Pets Allowed on Leash Wildlife Viewing

Black Bear Cub Trail Florida Black Bear Paw Print

Parking area gate will close at sunset and reopen at sunrise. Please make sure you are out prior to sunset or you may be locked in.

Similar to state parks, once the parking area is at capacity, no other vehicles will be permitted. Parking in the right of way is prohibited. Please be patient. To find other Seminole County hiking trails, visit


This site’s approximately 1,600 acres in northwest Seminole County feature a variety of wetland habitats within the floodplain of the St Johns River. Wet Prairie, Hydric Hammock and Cypress Swamps form a mosaic of habitat diversity which host wildlife such as the white-tailed deer, swallow-tailed kite and the Florida black bear. Its large size and proximity to other public lands make this site an important piece in a puzzle connecting natural areas between the Wekiva & St. Johns basins and the Ocala National Forest.


The trail system at BBWA is established on historic levees and stays dry most of the year. However, this site is located within the floodplain of the St. Johns River and may experience significant flooding during the rainy season (summer).

From the parking area, follow the blue blazes on an approximately 7.1 mile loop trail along the St. Johns River. Several boardwalks provide passage over wet areas. If you’re quiet, you may be fortunate enough to observe species such as the river otter, American alligator, and maybe even a black bear. This is a remote trail over rough, uneven terrain, where emergency access is very limited. You will encounter slopes, tree roots, and holes (animal burrows), so it is recommended to wear appropriate hiking shoes, and bring water, a hat, and bug spray. WATCH YOUR STEP!