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This hike is fairly easy depending on what time of year it is. The terrain is very flat and can get swampy at times. There are some other parts of the Florida trail nearby that are a bit more challenging because of swamps and other obstructions, but many of these areas have boardwalks to help you pass. In you attempt this trail in the summer be sure to take loads of water because you lose it quickly here. Summer temperatures are usually at least in the 90's and the humidity will make you sweat. The treetops are very open, so a lot of sunlight reaches the forest floor, too. Also, be prepared to battle swarms of mosquitoes. Winter is probably the best time for hiking the trail from my experience.
The terrain is flat, but it is interesting. The pine hammocks are prime locations lots of interesting birds and butterflies. The trail is especially good for sighting woodpeckers. I've also seen some gorgeous and very large spiders on the trail. From time to time, the scenery will change dramatically. You'll be trotting along when suddenly you're in a large, scrubby meadow created by past forest fires. Or maybe you'll find yourself in the middle of a swamp that seems to have come out of no where.
I still love the hills of Appalachia (hey, it's home to me) but this is an interesting change of pace, and a great place to get over your winter chills.