The Little Big Econ State Forest offers two camp areas for primitive camping. The West Camp Area is located near the Barr Street hiking trailhead and can be accessed only from the hiking trail and by canoe or kayak from the Econlockhatchee River Paddling Trail. The East Camp Area can be accessed only by canoe and kayak at this time.
Overnight camping is allowed by obtaining a State Forest Use Permit available at the Little Big Econ State Forest office. For more information and to get a State Forest Use Permit, please contact the forest at (407) 971-3500 or email the Little Big Econ State Forest.
My wife and I love the Little Big Econ State Forest. It is close by, has numerous trail heads, and offers a wide variety of outdoor activity activities. The camping spots are primitive but are in areas that you seldom find in more densely populated areas. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature right in your backyard.
Took a little bit of recon to find this since Little Big Econ has so many trails. Clean but not very secluded area if a busy weekend, you'll have have lots of hikers-by.
Little Big Econ is a very nice place to camp over the weekend. It has several primitive camping spots which are pretty private. The trails are well kept, and even when flooded there are easy back trails to take. I can’t wait to go back and have a camping/ canoeing trip.
You could spend an entire day just getting lost around the trails. So much fun. Not a very difficult trial though. There are lots of little waterways so mosquitoes do get bad on extra humid days.
Great place for hiking! Just be weary of the weather. In summer at nights mosquitos come out here and will eat you up no matter how much bug spray you put on!
My dog had a great time wandering down the trail with me.❤️
I definitely wouldn't recommend recommend getting there at night to set up, but otherwise it's fairly easy to get around. We found a not-as-primitive campsite after already having set up our tents, but that's our fault. Cool views, tons of trails, and interesting wildlife.
Beautiful campsite right on the river made for a wonderful experience for a first-time camper, primitive or otherwise. Lovely evening had by all, site was clean and kept.
Hike out to this beautiful sight under the stars and dream of bygone eras…We started at the Barr Street Trailhead and hiked in to LE 39 where we found 2 fire rings. You can also paddle in and through via paddling trail.
You will find one site of this camping area out on a curve of the Econlockhatchee River not far from the old railroad and another fire pit not far from the old railroad along the trail. The Old SR 13 railway and trestle was part of the Flagler Railroad System in the early 1900's.
No amenities, no picnic tables, no swimming (there are alligators here). Bring bug spray in spring and early summer as the yellow flies can be brutal. Bring a compact fishing pole and enjoy some riverside relaxation.
The trails are beautiful and well marked. Spend a night or 3 - you will be glad you did! Summer rains make the trail quite slick and the river rise. Make sure you call and get your permit from forestry before heading out.