Florida Trail Hike CypressFlorida, the state at which I was born and raised in.  If you were to research any of my roots along with my family history, this is where you’d end up.

It’s nice coming back home and exploring the backcountry that I was so fond of while growing up.  I’ve spent many of my childhood days here and, without a doubt, I can show you many things that most wouldn’t know about these parts.  I can talk for hours about the flora & fauna as well as the wildlife around the Ocala National Forest being that I’ve lived there for some time.

I’ve spent many of my childhood days here and, without a doubt, I can show you many things that most wouldn’t know about these parts.  I can talk for hours about the flora & fauna as well as the wildlife around the Ocala National Forest being that I’ve lived there for some time.

Which plants to make teas out of along with their medicinal properties.  What trees would make the best temporary housing in the event you got stuck in the woods overnight?  Even going as far as picking out what kind of wood is the best for smoking meat, cooking fish or which is more flammable when starting a fire.  There’s a lot I know about these woods…after all, it’s in my blood.  

Although I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the coastal sections of Florida finding things to do in Destin, as well as attractions and other activities in other parts of Florida, it’s never quite the same as exploring the backcountry….a place few tourist know about.

When my little sister and I went for a hike the other day, a hike of which lasted for around 10 miles or so, all of this knowledge flowed back into my brain naturally.  So as we hiked deeper into the woods, I began to get lost in what I consider some of the most beautiful swamps & forests in the world.  Enjoy today’s photo essay as we trekked into the woods on our day of hiking in the Ocala National Forest!

Hiking with a cell phone in Florida

Florida Trail Hike Snake

Florida Trail Hike

Florida Trail Hike Cypress

Florida Trail Hike Picnic Table

Florida Trail Hike Leaves Fall

Florida Trail Hike Bridge

Florida Trail Hike Mushroom

Florida Trail Hike Tree Frog Camouflage

Florida Trail Hike Foot Sign

At the end of our long 5 hour hike, we were truly exhausted and ready for a nights rest.  Thoughts & dreams quickly overwhelmed me of the trees swaying to the wind, the eery quietness of the swamp as well as the interesting little critters we saw along the way.  Boy do I love losing myself to the history of Florida and her native forest!

What is your favorite backcountry destination?