Black Island Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bonita Springs, FL that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and road biking and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a 2.6 mile trail in Lover's Key State Park. There is an entrance fee of $8 per vehicle or $2 per pedestrian. The trail follows the canals and has three shortcuts along it. Shortcut 1 will cut the trail to 1.2 miles, shortcut 2 to 1.8 miles, and shortcut three to 2.2 miles. Swimming is not allowed in the canals.
it was nice...near the beach. didn't see any thing... maybe a bird. if already at lovers key beach...it's a nice little walk with shade. i probably won't go back. did it done it... pretty but was a little bored.
very easy to walk. a few different access points.
pretty but hot this time of year...
We loved the trail! We were able to take our dog on the leash, and go for a nice breezy walk. It was a different scenery than what other SWFL trails have to offer. Parking was $8 for my husband and I to enter the park, but I'd say money well spent. We will definitely be back! Next time we will pack a picnic lunch!
Great. Nice views of the water and paddlers. Saw some wildlife and alligators also.
Black Island Trail and Eagle Trail are located within Lovers Key State Park. The trailhead is located approximately .25 mile east of Lovers Key Beach --- consistently rated as one of the best beaches in the United States. The full loop of the Black Island trail system is 4.5 miles, but 3 separate shortcuts are available that will cut some distance off this total. Eagle Trail connects to Black Island on the north end and adds an additional 1.5 miles of trail for those wanting extra distance.
Be sure to keep a watchful eye out for the occasional alligator along the trail system. More common early in the morning as they have a tendency to come out of the brush to sun themselves in the open areas. Also, tons of bluejays and cardinals can be found on the southern end of Black Island trail.
Very hot! If hiking in the summer, go early or start in the evening. We were able to see a tortoise, a couple black racers, and a shark. Definitely a good hike.