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Reported: December 2020

Lake Norris Conservation Area... Florida

Biking and Hiking, Paddling Access to Blackwater Creek and Lake Norris

The 2,229 acre Conservation Area provides protection for the Lake Norris hardwood swamp and Blackwater Creek, a major tributary of the Wekiva River. Activities include hiking, biking, birdwatching, fishing, paddling, and camping. Wildlife include black bear, deer, otter, gopher tortoises, burrowing owls and a large osprey population. Lake Norris Trail is designated "multi-use" for hiking, biking and horseback riding. (Map link and photos below.)

Lake Norris Conservation Area

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Lake Norris Conservation Area

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Location: Lake County (Eustis)
Mileage: 6 mile multi-use trail
Packed dirt, grass, sand
Nearby Points of interest: Blackwater Creek, Lake Norris

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Lake Norris Conservation Area... Comments and Photos

Our favorite activity here is paddling, a lovely run from the East Traihead on Blackwater Creek to Lake Norris. On the ground, much of the trail is more suitable to hiking or horseback riding due to sand. The best section for biking is from the East Trailhead (Lake Norris), for a couple of miles (white blaze trail) before it becomes mostly sand. Little shade, no amenities - bring water, sunscreen. Winter is best - more birds, fewer bugs, drier weather. No motor vehicles are permitted on the trail, other than occasional park personnel.

Biking to Lake Norris

We parked at the East Trailhead in order to view the Blackwater Creek launch for a later paddling trip to Lake Norris (link below), but also biked along the trail. From Lake Norris Road, trailhead parking is at Blackwater Creek Road. Park in the large field, then through the gate onto the trail. We biked on dirt and grass, to the rental canoes and launch onto Lake Norris (never got to the deep sand). Pretty bridge over creek.


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