Experience the sun rise on your morning hike.Enjoy the challenge of a rugged trail.Be spellbound by the views of the St. JohnUncover beautiful cypress swamps.Hike through FloridaEncounter beautiful swamps in the Black Bear Wilderness Area.Hike in the Black Bear Wilderness Area, home of the Florida black bear.Catch delightful glimpses of the St. JohnDiscover the magic of the trail.

Black Bear Discovery Hike

Black Bear Wilderness Area, Sanford

Tour Highlights

  • Terrific Bird and Wildlife Viewing
  • Tasty Trail Snack & Picnic Lunch
  • Challenging & Invigorating Hike
  • Explore The Florida Jungle
  • Stunning Views
  • Possible Black Bear Sightings


One of Seminole County’s most delightful natural lands, Black Bear Wilderness Area offers some of the best birding and wildlife watching in the region. True to its name it is a place to find bear scratches on trees, bear prints on the ground, and the Florida black bear itself. This trail is one of Florida’s most beautiful hikes and showcases Florida’s enchanting jungle-like floodplain forest.

This is a loop trail and requires commitment to complete the entire loop, there are no shortcuts. The rugged terrain provides for a more challenging hike than usually encountered in Florida but rewards you with stunning views of the St. John’s river and many wildlife sightings.

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3-4 Hours

$80 per person

Season: Year Round
Activity Type: Day Hikes
Difficulty Level: Level rating 2
Solitude Level: Level rating 3
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Tour Length: 3-4 Hours
Distance: 7.2 MI / 11.6 KM

Difficulty Level 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 least difficult; 5 most difficult

Solitude Level 3

Scale of 1-5. 1 least solitue; 5 most solitude

We rate this Black Bear Discovery hike a solitude 3. You can expect to have hours of solitude at a time, and to see serval other other hikers per day.

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  • 3-7 people: $80 per person
  • 2 people: $110 per person
  • 1 person: $160

Private tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include gratuity for your guide.

Tour Dates & Booking

Tour Dates & Booking

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Tour Details

Tour Details

What’s Included?

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, certified kayak guide
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch

What’s Not Included? (Recommended)

  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Sun protection (sunhat, sunglasses, sun screen)
  • Gratuity for your guide
  • Drinking water

Food: What To Expect?

Day tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your tour, but a typical lunch consists of crackers, cheese, salami, fruit, veggies, drinks, and a dessert.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Tour Logistics

Where do we meet?

You will meet your guide at Black Bear Wilderness Trailhead.

Black Bear Discovery Hike
Black Bear Wilderness Trailhead, Michigan Avenue, Sanford, FL, USA

Driving Directions

From Orlando:
From Interstate 4 exit 101C at Sanford, take SR 46 west for 1.5 miles to Orange Blvd.
Turn right. Continue 1.3 miles to New York Street on your left. Turn left.
Drive 0.5 mile to where New York Street and Michigan Avenue meet.
The trailhead is straight ahead of you.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our kayaking tours are led by professional kayak guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 407-267-9950 for more information.


Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and kayaking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size And Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this tour is 7 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 407-267-9950 and we’ll answer all your questions.

There are no age restrictions to join this kayak tour.

Weather In Central Florida

Central Florida on average maintains warm temperatures throughout the entire year with slightly lower temperatures during the winter months. Summers, lasting from May to October, are long, warm and particularly humid. Rain showers are common during this time of the year. The winter month are short, cool, and dry, lasting from December to February. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 52°F (11°C)to 91°F (33°C).

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