Timucuan Trail


Timucuan Trail

Timucuan Trail

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Timucuan Trail at Alexander Springs

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.

Timucuan Trail at Alexander Springs Alexander Springs Run Bubbling springs along the Timucuan Trail ring pool at Alexander Springs Tiny bubblers along the Timucuan Trail

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open dawn-dusk
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Included in Alexander Springs Recreation Area fee.
Usage: Light-Medium
Information Center: Download the Timucuan Trail map (PDF)

General Information


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.



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Nature Viewing

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Viewing Plants

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.

Outdoor Learning

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Picnic tables Shaded picnic area at the trailhead
Interpretive Site Interpreting Timucuan culture, wildlife, and botany
Toilets Flush toilets and bathhouses
Parking 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
Accessible The trail is partially a bordwalk
Areas & Activities
Snorkelers at Alexander Springs

Springs of the Ocala

Otter fishing in a prairie pond

Animals of the Ocala