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Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

 

Hiking Trail Information and Maps for Florida Trail: Buckman Lock to FL 20 Corridor - Segment 23

Putnam County

Palatka, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Official Website: Florida Trail Association

Traffic: Light

 

 

I parked at the H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area (seemingly shut down) and walked the mile down Buckman Lock Road, crossing FL 19. There, you will see the FT (Florida Trail) sign and be tempted to go straight in, circumventing a gate. Look instead to your immediate right, and you will spot a small bridge made of just a few planks. Cross that, and you will not miss the trail to your immediate left leading into the woods.

 

The trail back here has many beautiful views including several ponds and great hiking views. I don't understand what happened here - the trail is made of old roads that seem shaped like a tiny neighborhood. Yet I saw no homes, abandoned or otherwise, possibly because I stayed on the main trail. Also, the roads aren't entirely abandoned as I saw fresh tire marks, most from tractors but some from trucks. You'll also find a fair amount of trash unfortunately as locals throw many beer cans, but also a couple piles of household items. I'm making it sound bad - mostly it's very beautiful - but I find all of this a curiosity as I have never encountered vehicles or even people back here.

 

The trail is easy to follow with orange markers and I understand leads to FL 20. I turned back after a few miles in, with a 7.2 mile hike round trip. Very peaceful and nice back there, and the ponds offer great viewing, especially if you like dragonflies!

 

Florida Trail at Buckman Lock Map - PDF map of trail hike

 

Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

The H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area provides parking and picnic area, but appears shut down

 

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Pond in summer at Florida Trail at Buckman Lock and FL 19, Palatka

 

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Nearly the same view of the pond in winter - it has dried some and the dragonflies are gone...but not the mosquitoes!

 

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

 

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Nearly the same view in winter

 

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Flame Skimmer - orange dragonfly among many along the trails and near the ponds

 

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Purple Seating or Laccaria amethystina - purple mushroom growing in winter in Florida

 

Southern Black Racer

Southern Black Racer

 

Spider Web

This dew dripping spider web was so pristine, I could not resist a picture

 

 

View of pond with bird calls and frogs

 

 

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Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka
Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Bryan Lindenberger
Florida Trail along FL 19 at Buckman Lock, Palatka

Parking at H.H. Buckman Lock Visitors Area

One of many ponds in summer in Florida Trail

Florida Trail pond in Winter

Hiking Florida Trail in Palatka, Summer

Florida Trail, Palatka, in Winter

Flame Skimmer - Orange Dragonfly

Purple Seating: Laccaria amethystina

Southern Black Racer

Spider Web

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images