The Black Bear Wilderness Area will be closed for trail improvements including the construction of several boardwalks, a rain shelter and primitive campsite. These improvements are funded through a grant from the Land Water and Conservation Fund and the Seminole County Natural Lands Program. The re-opening of this Wilderness Area is planned for June 2015, but may be delayed depending on weather conditions. For additional information please call 407-349-0769.
The 1650-acre Black Bear Wilderness Area (BBWA) was purchased to preserve its diverse array of habitats, which include Mixed Hardwood Swamp, Floodplain Swamp, Floodplain Marsh and Hydric Hammock. The trail system takes visitors through the Hydric Hammock and onto an historic levee to its end at the St. Johns River. Animals seen on the wilderness area include Florida black bear, bobcat, white-tailed deer, barred owls, red-shouldered hawk, wood stork, dusky pygmy rattlesnake, corn snake, and Florida box turtle.
Natural Lands Program
Land Management Plan
Rules of Use
Black Bear Wilderness Area Brochure
Other Nearby Conservation Lands:
Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park
Seminole State Forest
Rock Spring Run State Reserve
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Wekiva River Buffer Conservation Area
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