Living in Orlando, the Little Big Econ State Forest is a great nearby playground for me. I’ve hiked the Barr St. Trailhead loop several times and biked all the mountain bike trails, starting from the Jones East Trailhead, then the Flagler Trailhead to the Outback Loop and now this Two Bridges Loop.
To ride this loop, I started out at the Flagler Trailhead, 3290 Snow Hill Road, Oviedo. Riding north towards the Econ River, the Two Bridges Trail takes off to the right. On my last ride a massive tree was down across the trail just beyond of the first bridge, but my son and I were able to walk our bikes through the woods to get around it. Otherwise, this trail flows right up to Meat Head, the next link in the loop.
The next intersection is the Ding Bat Trail. The map, video and photos will show that I turned right to go to the nearby Ditch of Doom. Since I’ve ridden that trail from Jones East, I was just checking the connection to this loop. For the Two Bridges Loop, you would turn left at Ding Bat and follow it straight into the River Trail heading west.
The River Trail is the most scenic part of the ride, as you’re mostly riding the bluff along the Econ River. It’s interesting how high above the river (at normal levels) you’re actually riding. The embankments are constantly eroding, causing sharp drop-offs along the river’s edge. In some places, the trail’s been forced to reroute…or will be soon.
Check out the Photo Gallery, the video and map below, and the links provided. I think you’ll want to experience these fine forest trails yourself. Bonus for #UCF students: This is right in your backyard! Looking for other great places to hike, bike, paddle and explore Florida’s Natural Wonders? Visit our Bucket List and Where-to-Go…then get on out there and enjoy!
PS — The Econlockhatchee River is designated an Outstanding Florida Water whose name means “River of Mounds.” This blackwater tributary of Florida’s longest river, the St. Johns, meanders through some pristine forest with impressive bluffs along the riverbanks in many areas. It’s also a designated Florida Paddling Trail, in case you want to experience the Little Big Econ State Forest by canoe or kayak.
Virtual Tour via Slideshow >>