Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area is just a bit down the road from Caravelle Ranch Conservation Area on Florida 19. This makes a world of difference if you are mapping your way to a little hiking! And Caravelle Ranch WMA offers quite a lot of hiking!
After pulling over into ample parking, you can grab a map that leads you through 8-10 miles of hiking loops through the woods with the longest, single loop being 4.5 miles.
That route, mapped below, covers white, yellow, and red trails. It’s really one of my favorite hiking trails in the region as you can experience dense, subtropical forest full of pine, southern magnolia, American sweetgum, and bald cyprus one moment, and large, open fields of of downy lobelia and sheep’s sorrel the next.
Be sure to visit in late winter to early spring to see the fields of flowers.
Take note of hunting season, as hunting is permitted here.
Trails are designated by the St. Johns River Water Management District as multiple use, so whether on bike or by foot, you will enjoy your time here and could likely spot deer, birds, and even bears. As always, take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.