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Hiking Lake Jesup Wilderness Area in Sanford

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This past weekend we hiked at Lake Jesup Wilderness Area. The hike is located within Lake Jesup Park, which is located at 5951 Sanford Ave in Sanford. Once you enter the park, turn left and you will see the sign that says "Lake Jesup Wilderness Area." The trail starts a short walk back and off to the right. You will see an informational kiosk there. You take the red trail for this, which means you will follow the red and silver arrows, and there are a few red blazes as well.

The hike is a total of 2.8 miles. The first 10-15 minutes you will be walking on what seems like an overgrown service road. Stick with it, because you will come to an area where it gets great. You cross a small foot bride and then you are walking on a trail that is through an elevated canopied area. It's beautiful! You can see some great views along the trail. I really like how this part of the trail is elevated and takes you through a canopy that shades the trail. Very nice!

Although a stroller would not work well on this trail, kids shouldn't have any problem making their way along it. Once you cross the foot bride you will take a trail that will lead to where you do a loop and come back on the same trail. Then you will cross back over the foot bridge and head back to the overgrown service type trail to finish up. 

This is a nice trail for the family to take. My kids enjoyed it, as did we adults. Note that there are no restrooms at this park and at certain times of the year some of the trail my be flooded. 

Here are some pictures from the trail at Lake Jesup Wilderness Area in Sanford:

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