The St. Francis Trail is an 8 mile loop in Deland, FL that passes through an old railroad logging bed and by what was once the river town of St. Francis. The trail is maintained by the Florida Trail Association which is what drew us to it, but the historical waypoints aren’t marked so sadly we were not aware of what we were looking at when we were looking at it.
Our hike was nice and overcast with a pleasant breeze, although we did get rained on on our way back. It’s crazy how much of a difference the weather makes when it comes to feeling the miles. My feet were hurting by the end of the hike, but I didn’t feel ready to pass out from heat, so that was nice.
At one point we stopped to look at some neat dragonflies with opaque black wings and bright blue bodies when Nichole noticed a huge cottonmouth snake in the water watching us. First snake we’ve seen on a hike! and it probably would have killed us. Hooray nature!