St. Francis Trailhead


St. Francis Trail

St. Francis Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Along the St. Francis Trail

The community of St. Francis was a thriving river port in the late 1800s, as steamboats worked their way from Jacksonville upriver along the St. Johns to Sanford. Here, they'd stop to exchange household goods for citrus and timber. The town faded away after river traffic vanished in the wake of railroads for commerce, but the St. Francis Trail lets you take a long walk through floodplain forests and pine flatwoods in search of the past.

Rattlesnake Well, a sulfur spring Pine flatwoods on the St. Francis Trail Along the St. Francis Trail St. Francis Trail palmetto log bridge

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Parking
Fees Free
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: The St. Francis Trail is adjacent to River Forest Group Camp, west of Deland.
Water: Artesian well, must be treated
Restroom: None

General Information


Trail surface includes uneven ground and log bridge crossings. Be aware that when the St. Johns River floods, so do the river swamps along it. You may be wading down parts of the trail.


The St. Francis Trail is northwest of Deland off CR 42, just north of its junction with SR 44 immediately west of the bridge over the St. Johns River.

General Notes:

The section of the trail within the floodplain forest is an excellent area to photography a large variety of fungi. A 2.8-mile short loop enables visitors to catch the highlights of this section.

The trail was built and is maintained by volunteers from the Florida Trail Association and is open to backpacking. For details, see their website.


Ample parking is available at the trailhead.

Recreation Map

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Interpretive Site Information at kiosk
Parking Ample parking
Tent camping Undesignated, for backpackers
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