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Best easy hike near Orlando?
Board: State: Florida
Jan 22, 2019 7:16am
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Traveling with two folks with knee injuries, but both agree to short hikes on the weekend maybe. We plan on a vist some Ambassador owls, any other suggestions?
Re: Best easy hike near Orlando?
Board: State: Florida
Reply to: #970549 by Quarry
Jan 22, 2019 8:02am
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In my opinion, as a part time Florida hiker and an almost full time Pennsylvania hiker, all hikes in Florida are much easier than other areas because they are mostly level walks with no rocks in the trails (big time issue here in PA) although there are often roots in the trails. We just completed a hike which led to two boxes in Moss Park which is in Orlando. The walk was lovely and the boxes were terrific.

If you can get to any of Antisocial Veggie's boxes, you will be in for a very unique treat. She is probably the most creative boxer out of the almost 8000 boxes I have found. She is not in Orlando but can be rather easily reached with a drive up I95.

And, as a plug for my own boxes, I just planted 23 new boxes in Central Florida, mostly drivebys and short walks, including several on Merritt Island, home of the Ambassadors.
Re: Best easy hike near Orlando?
Board: State: Florida
Reply to: #970549 by Quarry
Jan 22, 2019 8:52am
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I agree with Janila. Most of the hikes here are short, and the trails are not hard at all. A few roots here and there, and a boardwalk or two, but they are not bad at all! You would get into some hills in the Clermont area, but there aren't any boxes in that town other than at the local state park. I haven't even gotten the two boxes there yet!

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Re: Best easy hike near Orlando?
Board: State: Florida
Reply to: #970549 by Quarry
Jan 22, 2019 11:03am
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We plan on a vist some Ambassador owls, any other suggestions?

Are you thinking of the Ambassador Owl series in Merritt Island?

If so and you are headed to Brevard County there is Sams House Pine Island in Merritt Island and also the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville.

Both offer either short or long hikes, depending on what you want to make of them as their are many trail heads/loops/spurs options so you are not stuck with hike in/hike out only trail.

Enchanted Forest is a combination of paved/dirt/sandy trails and frankly is one of my favorite park/trails. You could easily do a short hike here and stay on a paved trail that is much kinder to the knees than a sandy trail.