Bear Swamp Trail

Area Status: Open
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Bear Swamp Trail ancient cypresses

Ancient cypresses rise tall in the thick of the floodplain forest that parallels Salt Springs Run, tall enough to have provided shade when botanist William Bartram visited the springs in 1774. The 1.3 mile loop starts and ends at the edge of the campground, providing a gentle interpretive walk through typical Big Scrub habitats out to a boardwalk through the swamp. Don't miss this oasis of the ancients on your visit to the Salt Springs Recreation Area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dawn to dusk
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site
Fees Included in admission to Salt Springs Recreation Area
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Salt Springs
Information Center: Download a map of the Bear Swamp Trail (PDF)

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Day Hiking

An easy walk for hikers of all ages and abilities, the Bear Swamp Trail is well-groomed and provides a boardwalk through the densest part of the ancient cypress swamp. The 1.3-mile loop includes interpretive information along the route.

General Info:


Well-groomed natural surface path.


The trailhead is near the old restrooms by the tent camping area between the campground and the swimming area.


A small parking area is available within the campground, or park at the swimming area and walk back on the unpaved connector road to the campground to find the trailhead.

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Seasonal Information

The trail may be seasonally flooded when Salt Springs Run overflows into the floodplain forest.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

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Interpretive Site