Santos Trail: Marion County

I’ve always thought of Santos as a place with trails for bicycling and horseback riding, but last month when I received my weekly email from All Trails, it suggested the Santos Trail in Belleview as one to hike. Sure enough, when we pulled in to the parking lot of the Santos Trailhead, it was clearly marked for hiking.

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Restrooms, a water fountain and picnic tables are available at the trailhead. The well maintained trails begin near the campground and cross paths with those designated for bikes and horses, but never share the same route. The out and back trail covers a distance of 3.4 miles round trip making it a nice way to get out for a short walk while experiencing part of the Florida Trail.

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We enjoyed our first hike at Santos so much we decided to take Luna with us a couple of weeks later. A true, blue, city dog who spends most of her time inside, Luna had quite a day on the trail briskly walking all the way out, but then slowing considerably on the way back, and did she ever sleep when we returned home.

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Less than twenty minutes from our house, the Santos Trail will be one we walk regularly, and it may be time to try the bike trail as well.

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