A 0.9-mile loop through an excellent representation of habitats found in and around the Big Scrub, the Timucuan Trail remembers the people who once lived along the shores of Alexander Springs.
The trail winds past small bubbling springs, climbs up into scrub forest, and descends through river bluff forest thick with Southern magnolia. It also traverses a hydric hammock beneath a dense canopy of cabbage palms along the far shore of the spring pool.
Pets: Dogs are welcome on the forest, but are required to be on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at swimming areas. For more information, please contact Lake George Ranger Station at 352-625-2520.
At a Glance
Interpretive Site,Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
The interpretive trail is partially wheelchair accessible.
Follow the main path through the picnic area to the spring pool. Turn right. Follow the path along the spring pool to the trail entrance, which is marked with a sign.
River and Stream Fishing
The Timucuan Trail leads to several overlooks on Alexander Run where fishing is permitted.
The Timucuan Trail is a short interpretive hike, ideal for families.
Included in admission to Alexander Springs Recreation Area.
Hours of Operation:
Dawn to dusk
Easy to Intermediate
The Timucuan Trail provides an excellent snapshot of major habitats that occur throughout the Ocala National Forest, condensed into one short loop. Towering cabbage palms in the hydric hammock, diminutive oaks in the sand pine scrub, sweet-scented Southern magnolias in the hardwood hammock, and thickets of colorful wildflowers along the spring run are all part of the botanical beauty you'll see along this trail.
The Timucuan Trail is an interpretive trail that delves into the everyday lives of an ancient people who once lived around Alexander Springs and left traces of their civilization behind in the form of freshwater shell middens along the spring run.
Flush toilets and bathhouses
The trail is partially a bordwalk
Shaded picnic area at the trailhead
Parking is available at Alexander Springs Recreation Area
Fee charged for some activities
Use of the trail is covered under the day use fee for Alexander Springs Recreation Area
Interpreting Timucuan culture, wildlife, and botany