Little Big Econ State Forest

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Little Big Econ State Forest
Map of Florida highlighting Seminole County.svg
Map of Florida
Location Seminole County, Florida
Nearest city Oviedo
Coordinates 28°41′8″N 081°06′57″W / 28.68556°N 81.11583°W / 28.68556; -81.11583Coordinates: 28°41′8″N 081°06′57″W / 28.68556°N 81.11583°W / 28.68556; -81.11583
Area 5,048 acres (20.43 km2)[1]
Established 1990
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

The Little Big Econ State Forest is a state forest in the U.S. state of Florida. The 5,048 acres (20.43 km2) forest is located in Central Florida, 3.3 miles (5.3 km) east of the downtown Oviedo, on Florida Country Road 426 with forest office on Snow Hill Road in Geneva, Florida. The Kilbee Tract is a smaller non-contiguous section of the park located east of the main forest, along Saint Johns River, the longest river in the state.[2]

The forest's most notable feature is the Econlockhatchee River, an Outstanding Florida Water, that winds east-to-west inside the forest.[3] The protected area of Florida is open for picnicking, bird watching, fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback and mountain bike riding.[3]

The old Flagler Railroad System used to traverse the central part of the forest. What was the old railway is now called the Flagler Trail in the park. Remains of old trestle pilings can still be seen on the river. The Florida National Scenic Trail also passes through east-west length of the park.[4]

Etymology[edit]

The name Little Big Econ State Forest comes from combining the names of the Little Econlockhatchee River and the larger Econlockhatchee River, which flow through the forest property.[3]

Mountain biking[edit]

Known as Snow Hill among local mountain bikers for the road where the trailhead is on, the forest includes a 12 miles (19 km) single-track bike trail.[5]

Camping[edit]

There are no developed campsites or hookups available in the park, only primitive camping. For canoeist, primitive camping is available with special permit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Big Econ Brochure". Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  2. ^ "Little Big Econ Map". Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  3. ^ a b c "Little Big Econ State Forest". Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  4. ^ Little Big Econ Trails. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Retrieved on 2014-08-02.
  5. ^ "Mountain Biking Little Big Econ State Forest / Snow Hill". Outdoor Travels. Retrieved on 2014-08-02.