Fanny Bay Trail

Area Status: Open

A man is about to hike down a path in the forest.

This 1.1-mile roundtrip trail ventures near towering cypress trees, barking frogs and iridescent dragonflies. At the far end is a boardwalk that winds through the swamp forest of Fanny Bay beneath ancient cypresses. The boardwalk and interesting interpretive information make this a fun hike for all ages!


  • If you’re driving along I-10 from Jacksonville to Lake City and want to take a break by taking a hike, this interpretive trail in the Osceola National Forest provides an interesting spot to stretch your legs – the trailhead is at the Sanderson Rest Area westbound.
  • This walk boasts colorful and detailed signage to orient you to the habitats of the forest, including the pine woods, seepage bogs, floodplain forest and cypress domes. 
  • Visitors can access the Fanny Bay Trail from the I-10 Rest Area when traveling west on the interstate or from Forest Service Road 267 East. Both are ideal locations to jump onto this easy-to-hike trail.

Nature Viewing

  • The Fanny Bay Trail is a quick trail that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for birding.

At a Glance

Fees: Free

General Information

General Notes:


  • Drinking water
  • Interpretive site
  • Parking
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets

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